Al was an attorney in a small town and was very well respected. A couple retained Al to represent th

Al was an attorney in a small town and was very well respected. A couple retained Al to represent them on the purchase of a home. Before closing, Al informed the couple of payments that they were required to make by check at the closing. Among the required payments the attorney told the couple to make were a check for $500 to Bob Brown and a check for $610 to Susan Lee. The attorney explained that the check to Brown was for a survey of the property and the check to Lee was for termite-control work that the couple had authorized.The checks were issued and taken by Al who promised to deliver them. Al did not, however, deliver them. Instead, Al forged the endorsements of the respective payees and cashed the checks. When Al was later arrested on a similar matter, the couple learned what had happened.The couple made a claim against its bank for reimbursement claiming the bank was not authorized to pay these checks because they had not been effectively negotiated to the bank. When the facts came to light, no person named Bob Brown had done a survey on the property, but the termite work had been done by Lee.DISCUSS the legal issues and possible outcomes.

 

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