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September 23, 2022

North Carolina Attorney Disbarred for Mishandling Client’s Funds

The North Carolina Supreme Court disbarred an attorney for mishandling his client’s funds and failing to respond to State Bar inquiries. According to the Consent Order of Discipline and Supreme Court Order, the attorney deposited over $17,000 of entrusted funds into his operating account instead of the client’s trust account and failed to disburse the funds in a timely manner. The North Carolina State Bar later performed a random audit on the attorney and determined that the attorney used the entrusted funds for personal and/or business expenses without the client’s permission. The attorney violated several Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rule 1.15 (Safekeeping Property) for mishandling the client’s funds, and Rule 8.1 (Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession) for failing to respond to State Bar information demands.

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