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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]

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 ยง 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. * * *
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[1] 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