A powerful dissent by one member of an Illinois disciplinary board argues the decision imposes a heavy burden on lawyers to investigate their clients’ purposes when drafting wills, powers of attorney, etc. The lawyer, at the request of a client, drafted papers transferring an ailing friend’s house to the non-client in suspicious circumstances. There was overreaching, the house transferred under duress. The lawyer was found to have breached his duty to protect the third party. The decision could drive clients to Legal Zoom wrote the dissenter!
Legal Profession Blog // Michael Frisch