On Friday, December 2, 2022, the Supreme Court of Illinois suspended Seattle attorney Helga Kahr.

The case is styled In re: Helga Kahr with case no. 2022PR00082.

According to the Complaint:

On October 2014, Kahr was appointed as guardian of Jeffrey Phillip Barrett who won a million-dollar settlement after being hit by a drunken driver in 1995. Barrett suffered severe brain damage due to the accident.

Kahr engaged in misconduct when she used without authority $282,673.90 from Barrett’s guardian account, to pay a delinquent mortgage for a property owned by Kahr.

On June 12, 2018, Kahr was charged with one count of Theft in the First Degree ($280,671.50) and one count of Theft in the Second Degree ($2,002.40), under State v. Kahr, No. 18-1-00672-EA, Superior Court of Washington, King County. Kahr was found guilty, after a jury trial, of both charged offenses. On October 10, 2019, the Court sentenced her to 18 months imprisonment.

On appeal, the superior court’s ruling was affirmed by the Court of Appeals of the State of Washington on August 16, 2021.

Based on these facts, the Administrator requested that this matter be assigned to a Hearing Board panel, that a hearing be held, and that the panel makes findings of fact, conclusion of fact and law, and a recommendation for such discipline.

According to the filing:

“The rule to show cause that issued to respondent Helga Kahr pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 761 on October 25, 2021.”

With the foregoing facts, the Court ruled against Kahr and suspended her from the practice of law effective immediately and until further order of the Court.

Ms. Helga Kahr obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois. According to Avvo, Kahr has been admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington. She is also licensed in Illinois, license no. 138485.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.