Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 66285
Attorney Name O'Neil, Kenton R.
DBP Docket No. 212 DB 2003 and 46 DB 2004
Supreme Court Docket No. 980 DD No. 3
County Venango
Disciplinary Counsel Mark G. Weitzman
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2004-12-22
Effective Date 2005-01-21
Case Digest The first Petition involved Respondent not appearing before Chief Disciplinary Counsel for an informal admonition. The second Petition involved Respondent's neglect of a client's Living Trust, failure to provide the client with the basis or rate of fee in writing, failure to return client's calls and failure to refund the unearned fee to the client after agreeing to do so. Respondent did not file an Answer to the Petitions. Respondent attended the prehearing conference, at which he admitted the allegations of both Petitions and indicated he was suffering from a mental disability. He did not submit a doctor's report to Disciplinary Counsel and did not appear for the disciplinary hearing. At the time of the hearing, Respondent was on inactive status for failing to pay his annual attorney registration fee.
Rule Violation(s) Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(2); Rules 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.5(b) and 1.16(d)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for one year and one day.
Points of Law Despite relatively minor nature of charges, a suspension for one year and one day is warranted when an attorney does not appear for the disciplinary hearing.
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