The Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct has recommended Attorney Jeffrey Weir Suspended From Practicing Law For Professional Misconduct.

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A complaint regarding Weir’s “failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness with regard to fund received in a settlement to his client, keep his client reasonably informed, inform the client that he did not have professional liability insurance and respond to letters of inquiry and assist in the investigation,”

The Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct has recommended Attorney Jeffrey Weir Suspended From Practicing Law For Professional Misconduct.

The board recommended Jeffrey Weir be suspended for 12 months from practicing law with six months stayed. The Lorain County Bar Association filed a complaint regarding Weir’s “failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness with regard to fund received in a settlement to his client, keep his client reasonably informed, inform the client that he did not have professional liability insurance and respond to letters of inquiry and assist in the investigation,” according to court documents.

Weir was retained to represent a client in a dispute arising out of a land installment contract. The client wanted a certain amount of money for cancellation of the contract, but the other party in the agreement claimed there were damages to the property and refused to pay the full amount.

Eventually, the other party issued a check for far less than the original agreed-upon amount, but Weir told the other party his client wouldn’t accept the lesser amount. The two sides went back and forth, and eventually Weir’s client agreed to accept the amount in the issued check, according to court documents.

Over the next year, the client tried to collect the check from Weir, but Weir failed to turn over the funds. The client eventually filed a grievance against Weir with the Lorain County Bar Association, according to court documents.

The board recommends six months of the suspension be stayed as long as Weir pays restitution to his client for the full amount of the funds in the issued check and completes a course on law office management and refrains from further misconduct, according to court documents.

The board’s recommendation will now be put before the Ohio Supreme Court, which will make the final disciplinary order in the matter.

 

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