July 9, 2012
$125 Per Hour To Take Client To Wal-Mart Is Excessive Fee
The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended a two-year suspension of an attorney for misconduct in two client matters.
One of the matters involved a client who suffered from Huntington's disease. The attorney charged the client $125 per hour for non-legal service such as packing his household goods, taking him to a wireless telephone company office and to Wal-Mart to buy a television set and other household goods.
The board found that the attorney charged excessive fees but rejected a charge that she had taken advantage of a client with diminshed capacity. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel had done on line research about the client's condition but not presented evidence to support the Rule 1.14 charge.
The board rejected the attorney's claim that "job stess" was a mitigating factor. (Mike Frisch)
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