March 19, 2012
Reprimand For Trust Account Lapses
The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed a public reprimand of an attorney engaged in a solo family law practice. The attorney had relied on a paralegal to set up her client trust account and establishing the means to have clients psy by credit card.
As the attorney admitted, the reliance was a mistake. Among other lapses, she failed to maintain required records, made disbursements to "cash" or "self," and failed to keep a nominal account balance. The account became overdrawn due to automatic credit card processing fees.
The attorney was at first uncooperative and then "provided inaccurate and misleading information" to the bar authorities.
The court found that no client suffered a loss. The attorney did not engage in dishonest conduct and has educated herself on the proper operation of a client escrow account. (Mike Frisch)
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