Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court imposed a two-year suspension of an attorney who took no action for 18 months in a praobate matter. As a result, a deadline for filing inheritance taxes was missed. After discharges, it took six months and a court order for new counsel to get the file. The attorney took no part in the bar proceedings and, accodrdng to the Disciplinary Board, had an "absolute disregard" for the process. He also had a record of prior discipline.
The court agreed with the Board that the hearing committee's year and a day suspension was insufficient. The Board stated:
When an attorney continues to violate the rules over an extended period of time, it is clear that a strong sanction must be directed against the attorney.