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Sally D. Adkins

Sally D. Adkins

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: Where an attorney owed money to the estate of a decedent who previously loaned him funds, did his serving as its personal representative violate rules against conflicts of interest and subject him to discipline?

Holding: By acting as the personal representative on an estate to which he was indebted, the attorney's failure to make provisions for the collection of interest harmed its beneficiaries and amounted to a conflict of interest for which a public reprimand was appropriate.

Alleged Violations: Rule 1.3 (Diligence); 1.7 (Conflict of Interest); 3.3 (Candor Toward the Tribunal); and 8.4 (Misconduct)

Citation: 411 Md. 30, 981 A.2d 637 (2009)