April 19, 2010
Making Matters Worse
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted the recommendation of its Disciplinary Board to suspend an attorney for one year.
The attorney had been informally admonished and ordered to pay the complainant $2,000. The attorney sent the check to the wrong address (where the complainant had not been for some time) and then delayed payment, replacing the first check with one that had been written on insufficient funds. The attorney was aware of the correct address. The attorney also told disciplinary counsel that the payment had been made and had failed to advise that the check had not been negotiated.
Eventually, the complainant got paid the full amount plus $20, but not in time to avoid this sanction. (Mike Frisch)
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