Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Resignation Not Accepted

A lawyer drafted durable powers of attorney for a client and his spouse that contained a provision that gave the lawyer full authority as attorney-in-fact to deal with the client's assets. The client was "an elderly man residing in a retirement community." The lawyer thereafter abused to authority and stole over $400,000. The client sued and the lawyer settled, agreeing to pay restitution. The lawyer pleaded guilty to exploitation of a vulnerable adult and was sentenced to 18 months under house arrest. The lawyer siught to resign from the bar, but the South Carolina Supreme Court refused to accept the resignation and ordered disbarment. (Mike Frisch)


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