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Tag Archives: Trust Account

Attorneys – Discipline – Client Funds – Conflict of Interest – Business Ventures (access required)

In re Papa Where respondent agreed to manage a client’s money and used that money to start and participate in business ventures without adequately documenting the use of the client’s money or obtaining her informed consent – at least in writing – respondent violated several Rules of Professional Conduct: Rule 1.7, 1.8, and 1.15(a).

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Attorneys Discipline – Disbarment – Trust Account (access required)

In re James : Respondent maintained two trust accounts and did not fully comply with the recordkeeping and reconciliation requirements for either account. As a result, a complete accounting of funds is not possible, but from 2007 through 2011, Respondent issued approximately $1,407,928 in checks payable to himself or to his law firm from trust account.

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Attorneys – Discipline – Trust Account — Retainer – Operating Account (access required)

In re Kern Where, before he earned a client’s $20,000 retainer, respondent deposited the retainer in his operating account rather than his trust account and knowingly allowed the commingling of trust account funds with his own personal funds, respondent violated Rules 1.15(a) and (c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Respondent also violated Rule 8.1(b) by failing to respond to communications from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

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Attorneys – Discipline – Trust Account – Wife’s Embezzlement – Definite Suspension (access required)

In re McClain After a massive heart attack and while suffering from depression, respondent failed to supervise his wife/bookkeeper’s handling of his trust account. She embezzled over $75,000 of client funds to keep their household running; she hid her misdeeds from respondent because of his heart problems.

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Attorneys – Discipline – Billing – Notary – Trust Account (access required)

In re Nwangaza Respondent failed to keep adequate records when she was billing clients by the hour, she charged for activities not contemplated by her fee agreements, she bounced checks drawn on her trust account because of inadequate recordkeeping, and she signed a client’s name and notarized it without informing the client that she was doing so.

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Attorneys – Discipline – Court Rules – Client Communication – Trust Account — Suspension (access required)

In re Hoffman Respondent failed to properly communicate with or to abide by the rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims while representing clients there; moreover, respondent failed to inform her clients that their appeals had been dismissed because of her failures. Respondent also failed to keep proper trust account records.

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Attorneys – Discipline – Definite Suspension – Trust Account – Personal Expenses (access required)

In re Moore While he was suspended from the practice of law, with no steady employment and poor credit history, respondent was unable to open a personal checking account. He used his trust account - in which no client funds were maintained - to pay living expenses, and he bounced a check drawn on the account. Respondent asserts he was desperate to take care of his family when he engaged in this misconduct.

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