Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Ohio Supreme Court has imposed a public reprimand of an attorney who required an "up-front flat fee deemed earned in full by [her mortgage services business] at the time of payment."
The agreements also entitled the client to a full refund under some circumstances. However, the attorney did not give five clients a full refund on request, although she later made restitution.
The court found that "the cost of...services was disproportionate to any benefits the clients received."
The attorney has made "significant changes" in her practice and has had no prior brushes with the disciplinary system. (Mike Frisch)