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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 41979
Attorney Name Eichman, IV, John A.
DBP Docket No. 72 DB 2005
Supreme Court Docket No. 1193 DD No. 3
County Philadelphia
Disciplinary Counsel Donna M. Snyder
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2006-11-14
Effective Date 2006-12-14
Case Digest This matter came before the Board for consideration of a Petition for Discipline against Respondent who was charged with professional misconduct arising out of his failure to appear for an informal admonition. Respondent admits that he had received notice which contained a condition that he complete the administration of an estate in which he was co-executor and for which he had not acted diligently over a five year period. Respondent admitted to violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct arising out of his failure to complete the estate. Respondent offered various reasons for his failure to complete the estate over the five year period. These explanations included an increased workload due to the illness of his father with whom he practiced law; Respondentís abdominal surgery in 2003 which kept him out of the office for two weeks; and his inability to find and keep employees to assist him with his workload. The Board found these justifications simply inadequate to explain a five year delay in completing the estate. Respondent admitted that he had no excuse for failing to appear for the informal admonition. By his lack of action, Respondent demonstrated his inability to fulfill fundamental obligations to his clients. Any leniency the hearing committee was inclined to give Respondent dissipated, as he did not avail himself of the opportunity given by the committee to complete the estate and fulfill his responsibilities.
Rule Violation(s) Pa.R.D.E. 203(b)(2), RPC 8.4(d), RPC 1.3, RPC 1.4(a), RPC 1.4(b), RPC 1.15(b), and RPC 3.2.
Discipline Imposed One year and one day suspension.
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