B.C. lawyer resigns after writing himself into client’s will




A Kelowna lawyer, Christopher Roy Penty who admitted to adding his name to a client’s will and pocketing more than $100,000 of a legacy meant for charity has resigned from the Law Society of B.C.

He has given up the right to practice law as of September 28, after signing an agreed statement of facts admitting to four counts of professional misconduct, according to the law society.

 

In an agreed statement of facts, Penty admitted to four allegations of professional misconduct, including preparing a last will and testament and naming himself as a beneficiary, acting in a conflict of interest, failing to comply with his client’s instructions to donate his share of the residual estate funds to charities by withdrawing and using some or all of those funds for his own personal use and making misrepresentations to the court.