Monday, May 12, 2008

Bad Advice Leads To Reprimand

The Maine Board of Bar Overseers imposed a reprimand as an agreed sanction where the attorney gave incorrect legal advice in a bankruptcy matter concerning the correct listing of a $4,000 debt that the client had been ordered to pay his ex-wife for her attorney fees. As a result, the client wrongly thought the debt discharged and did not make payments. The client was found in contempt and incurred interst and attorney fees totalling $1,850.  The attorney admitted he had "fail[ed] to use reasonable care and skill and his best judgment by giving improper legal advice..." (Mike Frisch)

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