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Mary Ellen  Barbera

Mary Ellen Barbera

Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMM'N v. SCOTT ADAMS

Issue: What sanction should the Court impose upon an attorney who failed to file a client's federal estate tax return in a timely manner?

Holding: The Court reprimanded an attorney who failed to file a client's federal estate tax return in a timely manner.

Alleged Violations: Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 (Competence), 1.2 (Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer), 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4 (Communication), 1.16 (Declining or Terminating Representation), and Rule 8.4(a), (c), and (d) (Misconduct).

Citation: 441 Md. 590 (2015)