October 16, 2012
Electronic Signature Misconduct
The Ohio Supreme Court has imposed a stayed six-month suspension of an attorney who provided his electronic signature card and Ohio attorney-registration number to a Florida-based corporation in exchange for a $1,000 payment.
The Florida law firm negotiates debt on behalf of consumers.
The attorney agreed to the annual payment to serve as local counsel for Ohio clients. He provided the signature and number to facilitate the execution of contracts for legal services. The agreements expressly stated that the attorney would not represent the client before a tribunal.
The law firm used the information on at least three contracts without the attorney's knowledge.
The court likened the matter to failure to supervise cases. (Mike Frisch)
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