Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 38806
Attorney Name Weaver, Carol J.
DBP Docket No. 56 DB 2004
Supreme Court Docket No. No. 1011 DD No. 3
County Northampton
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2005-05-27
Effective Date 2005-06-26
Case Digest Respondent received $30,000 from Complainant in April 1998 and deposited those funds into her attorney trust account. Thereafter , Respondent provided Complainant with payments and a hand written accounting of the balance of Complainantís funds in her escrow account. From July 2002 through February 2003 Complainant sent Respondent numerous letters requesting him to provide him with the $20,000 remaining. Respondent did not respond. An audit of Respondentís trust account established that Respondent was substantially out of trust with respect to clients and third parties other than Complainant. Additionally, Respondent had issued numerous trust account checks for her personal benefit prior to the account being closed in November 2001. Respondent did not respond to the Petition for Discipline and the allegations were deemed admitted. Respondent did not appear or participate in the disciplinary proceedings. Respondent had a history of discipline of two informal admonitions.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.3;1.4(a);1.4(b); 1.15(a) ; 1.15(b) ; 1.15(c); 8.4(b);8.4(c)
Discipline Imposed Four year suspension
Points of Law Unauthorized dealings and conversion of client monies combined with Respondentís failure to participate in the disciplinary proceedings and her history of discipline warrants a four year suspension.
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