Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ind. Courts - Indianapolis attorney Jesse L. Coleman suspended for 60 days
From In the Matter of: Jesse L. Coleman, filed Sept. 8, 2014:
Violations: The parties sharply dispute when an attorney-client relationship arose between Respondent and his clients and the extent of Respondent's duties in the Mortgage Foreclosure Case. After a careful review of the parties' arguments and the evidence, the Court concludes the Respondent violated these Indiana Professional Conduct Rules prohibiting the following misconduct:
1.3: Failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness by his failure to promptly notify the foreclosure court of the bankruptcy filing and his failure to attend the § 341 meeting of creditors in the bankruptcy case.
1.4(a)(3) and 1.4(b): Failure to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and failure to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit a client to make informed decisions by his failure to keep TC and GC reasonably informed about what was happening in the foreclosure action and his failure to alert them that a delay in filing for bankruptcy relief might prevent them from trying to pay the mortgage arrearage through a Chapter 13 plan and save TC's house.
Discipline: For Respondent's professional misconduct, the Court suspends Respondent from the practice of law for a period of 60 days, beginning October 20, 2014. * * *
 The Court concludes that the Commission failed to meet its burden of proof on its charge that Respondent violated Rule 1.4(a)(4), which prohibits failure to comply promptly with a client's reasonable requests for information.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions