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Reprimand of licensee reversed when he did not commit willful dishonesty

Credit: Bryan Alexander,

The Supreme Court of Ohio, in a February 9 ruling, overturned a decision by a county bar association to reprimand an attorney who pre-notarized documents and then left them with a client, holding that the attorney's action was not willfully dishonest or done with a selfish motive.

The Bar Association accused Macejko of fraud by notarizing unsigned power-of-attorney documents, at least one of which was later signed when he was not present. In 2017, Macejko had pre-notarized documents in his office before leaving to meet with a client, then left the documents with the client . . .

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