A prominent Edmonton lawyer has 30 days to decide if he will appeal a decision that has left him disgraced.
Shawn Beaver has been disbarred, after a Law Society panel found he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients and other lawyers at his firm.
His disbarment results in the termination of his licence to practice law and his practice will now be closed by the custodian who was put in place when Beaver was suspended.
Tony Young, the president of the Law Society of Alberta, said they have mechanisms in place to make sure people are taken care of in respect to any claims they might have due to Beaver’s actions.
“To date, there’s been 85 paid claims from the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association amounting to over $290,000 as a result of Shawn Beaver’s actions,” said Young.
Beaver testified the death of his mother and the breakdown of a relationship had left him severely depressed and drinking heavily, and the money was taken to keep the firm afloat as he lost control of his business.
In its decision, however, the Law Society found he also took the money for his own lifestyle, and Young said there could yet be further consequences to Beaver’s actions.
“At the end of the hearing there is a referral of this matter to the attorney general. The attorney general then determines if criminal charges will be laid.” (ms/td)