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My son went to see a lawyer (who is also a Real Estate broker)

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My son went to see a lawyer (who is also a Real Estate broker) to revoke my power of Attorney over the property he is selling due to my health issue. He told my son that if the Real Estate Agents cannot perform she will sell the house for him. That is a violation of the code of Ethics? I would like to report him but I don't know the right address in San Diego Bar Association. Please guide me. Thank you...Mylene
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I need a bit more information from you before I can proceed to provide you with a complete and thorough answer to your question.

Can you tell me whose name the property is in. It seems that your son would be trying to get power of attorney over you (due to a health issue) rather than revoking your power of attorney. Unless you had power of attorney over him?

Please explain; thank you.

Also, this attorney is just acting as his attorney, correct?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


My son owns the house. He is not getting someone to replace me. He thought that the sale of the house is not fast enough. So he decided to handle it by himself and he asked this lawyer demanding for the status of the sale . Then she offered her services that she can list the property. That's a conflict of interest?

I'm still not clear on whose attorney this is.

Am I correct that he went to an attorney to get advice who was not involved in the sale at that point?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

She is the attorney of my son hired to do revocation power of attorney. I received the letter But she wants to sell the property instead of the agents that are working on it. In other words she wants my son to fire the agents so she can list the property.

Yes, I understand. I will look into this issue and get back to you shortly.

Thank you.
Hello Mylene,

I’m afraid that it’s very unlikely that the attorney has engaged in any professional misconduct or ethical violations. An attorney has a duty to avoid representing interests that are adverse to his or her client, but that doesn’t prevent an attorney from engaging in a business relationship with a client while also representing the client. The attorney would just need to ensure that his business interests are not adverse to the client, and that they wouldn’t infringe on the ability to represent a client competently.

For more information see here:

http://rules.calbar.ca.gov/Rules/RulesofProfessionalConduct/CurrentRules/Rule3310.aspx

So, unless the attorney were attempting to gouge your son for a higher commission rate than that that would be paid to the other brokers, it is actually not misconduct or unethical to inform your son that she would be willing and interested in acting as his broker if his relationship with the other brokers didn’t work out.
That said, you can still make a complaint about the attorney, but the proper place to file the complaint is the California State Bar. (Bar Associations of cities do not have any authority to regulate attorneys, they are just for networking. Only the state can impose discipline for misconduct).

You can file a complaint using the information available online here, although, in the vast majority of circumstances, these types of complaints would need to be filed by the client him or herself, since a client is free to waive any conflict of interest or adverse interests that may exist.

http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/FilingaComplaint.aspx


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