Friday, July 8, 2011
An attorney who has failed to respond to disciplinary allegations has been suspended pending further proceedings by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department. There are charges involving failure to return a fee as ordered by arbitration and misconduct as a court-appointed guardian:
The [Deaprtmental Disciplinary] Committee's motion is based upon two complaints filed against respondent alleging, first, that she failed to return monies owed to a client, including an admitted owed debt which led to an arbitration award in the client's favor, and second, that she mishandled a guardianship by failing to render annual accountings, leaving unexplained the whereabouts of certain guardianship assets, and by failing to explain why her ward's apartment was in a dilapidated, rodent-infested condition when she had claimed an expenditure of more than $50,000 for the apartment's repair and renovation.
There aren't too many things an attorney can do that are worse than the second allegation. (Mike Frisch)