A Cleveland-area attorney was suspended for six months by the Ohio Supreme Court last week for asking a judge to refer an opposing attorney for a mental health screening in order to gain advantage in a contentious estate-planning case.

Douglas Paul Whipple, a solo practitioner at Whipple Law in University Heights, filed a public motion in the case, requesting that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Emily Hagan refer opposing counsel, Roger Synenberg, to the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program, which is intended to be a confidential resource.

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