Professional Responsibility Keyed to Hazard
State v. Callahan
After the seller of Kansas farmland, Fulton, and the buyer, Lygrisse, reached a tentative agreement by phone, Lygrisse suggested that attorney Callahan (Defendant) handle both transactions. Fulton agreed. Defendant prepared the sale contracts in accordance with the terms provided by Lygrisse, without consulting Fulton. Nor did Defendant reveal to Fulton the ongoing business relationship he had with Lygrisse. Fulton thought she held a second mortgage on the property. Only when Lygrisse defaulted on the final yearly payment did Defendant refer Fulton to another attorney and advise her that she held only a promissory note. The Board for Discipline of Attorneys (Plaintiff) recommended indefinite suspension of Defendant for violation of certain disciplinary rules. Defendant appealed
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