CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Supreme Court today issued an order suspending Cheyenne attorney Ronald G. Pretty from the practice of law for a period of ninety (90) days beginning May 11, 2020.
The order of suspension stemmed from Pretty’s conduct in drafting a will for an elderly woman which named her daughter (Pretty’s client) as executrix and as a beneficiary and identified Pretty as the elderly woman’s lawyer and alternate executor. Pretty took such action despite the fact that Pretty was aware that the elderly woman was the ward of Wyoming Guardianship Corporation (WGC). Pretty further took such action despite the fact that in the elderly woman’s guardianship proceeding, the district court had recently denied Pretty’s motion to require WGC to allow the elderly woman to draft a new will.
Pretty stipulated that his conduct violated Rules 1.7 (conflict of interest), 3.4(b) (duty to comply with court order) and 8.4(d) (conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice) of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct. Pretty agreed to the suspension, which was recommended to the Supreme Court by a Review Panel of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Wyoming State Bar. Pretty was ordered to pay an administrative fee in the amount of $750.00 and costs of $50.00 to the Wyoming State Bar.