Solicitor who took €1m from dead client found guilty of professional misconduct
A SOLICITOR who took thousands of euro from a dead client's account has been found guilty of professional misconduct.
A Law Society disciplinary tribunal found that Padraig J Butler was not a fit person to be a practising solicitor and ordered his name be struck off the roll of solicitors.
The decision follows an investigation dating back to 2009 when a significant deficit was discovered in a client's account.
The High Court had previously been told that Mr Butler, of Butler Solicitors, Lower Patrick Street, Kilkenny, had admitted taking more than €1m from a dead client's estate. Mr Butler had been owed between €300,000 and €500,000 for work related to the deceased woman's estate.
However, the court was told he had taken around €1m from the estate and he did not have the capacity to pay back the deficit of between €586,000 and €850,000.
At a hearing yesterday, the disciplinary tribunal also found that Mr Butler had failed to comply with undertakings to furnish a discharge of charges in favour of ACC Bank in respect of properties.