A Wyoming dentist must pay restitution and fines for the unauthorized practice of law for preparing a trust for an elderly couple, the state’s highest court ruled.
The Wyoming Supreme Court approved the state bar’s unauthorized practice of law committee’s findings, and ordered Clyde W. Stock to pay $4,000 in fines as well as more than $10,000 in restitution and costs for his acts.
Richard and Geraldine Casull’s lawyer alerted the state bar after finding that Stock had convinced them to execute an irrevocable business trust and to put their real property into it, the committee’s opinion said.
Stock was a trustee in the trust document, the court said.
A state bar counsel investigation into the allegations that Stock had preyed on an the Casulls, both of whom were said to be old and sick, concluded that he had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, the court said.
The bar counsel proposed a consent agreement under which Stock would agree to never again engage in the unauthorized practice of law and pay restitution and fines.
Stock countered that he would settle his claims against the bar counsel office for $620,000, the court said. When the office of bar counsel filed a petition for civil injunction, Stock answered that the Wyoming Supreme Court had no in personam jurisdiction over him because he’d never been a resident of any state.
A default judgment was entered. It found Stock had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law on at least four occasions by preparing the trust; a deed transferring the property to the trust; and general power of attorneys for the Casulls.
The case is Unauthorized Practice of Law Comm. of Wyo. State Bar v. Stock, 2020 BL 40181, Wyo., No. D-19-0005, 2/5/20.