August 17, 2007
Legal Fees Of Non-Lawyer Disgorged
An accountant in Delaware was charged with unauthorized practice of law for, among other things, drafting wills and trusts and rendering related legal advice. He used a business arrangement with two lawyers to circumvent a consent cease and desist order issued by the Delaware Supreme Court. The court thereafter held the accountant in contempt based on findings of its Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law that he had violated the cease and desist order.
Sanction: disgorgement of fees for legal services. Further, the cease and desist order remains "in full force and effect. Any further violations...will be sanctioned in an escalated manner that is commensurate with such repeat offenses." (Mike Frisch)
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