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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 17520
Attorney Name Boyd, William W.
DBP Docket No. 126 DB 2006
Supreme Court Docket No. 1222 DD No. 3
County Lancaster
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent Steven L. Breit
Decision Date 2007-02-23
Effective Date 2007-03-25
Case Digest Complainant retained Respondent to represent him in connection with all proceedings relating to the probate and administration of his father’s estate. Pursuant to the terms of a fee agreement, Respondent was entitled to a fee of $8,998.00. In the time period of eleven months after taking his fee, Respondent made out seven additional estate checks payable to his law firm totaling $23,500.00 and converted those funds which belonged to the estate. When confronted by Complainant, Respondent admitted to “double billing” and worked out an agreement with Complainant’s new counsel to repay Complainant the excess fees and costs. Respondent had a history of discipline of an informal admonition.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 1.15(a); 1.15(b); 8.4(c); Pa.R.D.E. 219(d)(1)(iii)
Discipline Imposed Two year suspension
Points of Law Unauthorized dealings and misappropriation of $23,500.00 of client monies notwithstanding claim of mistaken “double billing” mitigated by commencement of restitution prior to intervention of ODC warrants a two year suspension.
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