Friday, December 3, 2010
The New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board has imposed a reprimand of an attorney who had failed to diligently handle a series of immigration matters undertaken for a family of clients.
Part of the problem was the the attorney's office "repeatedly sent documents to an incorrect address." The clients lived at 1468 North Olden. The documents were sent to 1486. The block ended at 1470. Misaddressed mail sometimes reached the clients; sometimes not.
The board rejected the suggestion that the clients were at fault:
We found not credible the testimony of respondent's secretary...that the [clients] had given the wrong address and that they had been confused about their own house number.
The clients sought help for a son who came to the United States in December 2005. The board recounts the testimony of the husband and wife clients:
[The wife] became concerned about the absence of progress in [the son's] matter. Upon calling the respondent's office, she was told to be patient. At one point, according to [the wife], respondent told her that he had 2,000 clients and that, because he could not oversee everyone's paperwork, she would have to monitor her own documents. [The husband], too, claimed that he had contacted respondent, at some point, to obtain information about the status of the immigration applications and had also been told by respondent that respondent had 2,000 clients and that [the husband] would have to monitor his own case.
The board rejected charges of failure to supervise staff. (Mike Frisch)