Monday, May 2, 2011
The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board accepted an attorney's consent to license revocation in a matter in which the attorney "began working in [his uncle's] office to assist him in completing the existing cases of the firm." The uncle was unable to continue the full-time practice of law and wished to retire.
The uncle made the attorney a signatory on his firm trust and operating accounts, but not his personal bank account. Without authorization, the attorney transferred funds via internet from the uncle's personal to his operating account. He used the funds "to pay living expenses and other personal needs."
The conduct was discovered as a result of overdrafts on the personal account. (Mike Frisch)