ARDC and Lawyer Agree to Reprimand Where Lawyer Violated Rule 1.8(c) by Drafting Estate Documents that Benefitted his Relatives


A lawyer drafted an estate plan for a client which included bequests to his own son and his granddaughter. The ARDC and the lawyer agreed to a stipulation of facts and a reprimand for that action.

The lawyer stipulated that his actions violated Rule 1.8(c) by “preparing on behalf of a client an instrument giving the lawyer or a person related to the lawyer any substantial gift, by conduct including drafting a will and trust benefitting Respondent’s son and Respondent’s granddaughter, in violation of Rule 1.8(c) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (2010).”

The lawyer expressed remorse and presented substantial evidence of mitigation.