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Attorney Joseph Charles of Glendale, AZ; serial offender

 

The state of Arizona provided Joseph W. Charles with a law license in 1972 after he graduated from Arizona State University Law School.

 

The Arizona State Bar found Joey guilty of the following misconduct.

 

Joey’s 1st bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree

  • Signed his name to client’s power of attorney
  • 12 days after client died, Joey visited his bank and transferred funds from on his accounts into a joint account held by the client and Joey
  • To perform transfer of dead client’s funds, Joey used another power of attorney that he client never signed
  • Failed to advise bank that his client was dead

As a consequence of his misconduct, the cheerleaders of Attorney Misfits sitting on the Arizona Supreme Court punished Joey by gifting him with a complimentary censure.

 

Joey’s 2nd bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree

  • Engaged in a conflict of interest in an estate matter
  • When Joey filed motion to re-move co-personal representative, the court denied the motion due to Joey’s conflict of interest

As a consequence of his misconduct, the cheerleaders of Attorney Misfits sitting on the Arizona Supreme Court punished Joey by gifting him with a second complimentary censure.

 

Joey’s 3rd bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree

  • Engaged in a pattern of misconduct
  • Made misrepresentation [lied] to trial
  • Failed to cooperate with ethics investigators (Up yours, said Tommy!)
  • Failed to keep client informed as to status of legal matter
  • Failed to act with reasonable promptness in estate matter
  • Violated court order by paying his fees first in disbursing net proceeds from sale of home in a divorce proceeding

As a consequence of his misconduct, the cheerleaders of Attorney Misfits sitting on the Arizona Supreme Court punished Joey by gifting him with a third complimentary censure.

 

Joey’s 4th bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree

  • Engaged in a pattern of misconduct
  • Failed to act with due diligence
  • Failed to communicate with client
  • Knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal
  • Failed to fully cooperate with ethics investigators (Up yours, said Joey!)
  • Engaged in conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation
  • Engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice

As a consequence of his misconduct, the cheerleaders of Attorney Misfits sitting on the Arizona Supreme Court punished Joey by gifting him with complimentary 60-day suspension of his law license.

 

Joey’s 5th bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree

  • Entered into agreement for charging or collecting excessive fee
  • Failed to advise client in writing that he could discharge Joey in regards to a “earned upon receipt” claim contained in a fee agreement
  • Made a number of misleading statements
  • Engaged in a pattern of misconduct
  • Knowingly made a false statement of material fact
  • Engaged in conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation
  • Engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice

As a consequence of his misconduct, the cheerleaders of Attorney Misfits sitting on the Arizona Supreme Court punished Joey by gifting him with a second complimentary 60-day suspension of his law license.

 

Joey’s 6th bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree

  • Engaged in a pattern of neglect of client matters
  • Engaged in a pattern of misconduct
  • Failed to ensure client, opposing counsel, and the courts were aware of the prior suspensions of his law license
  • Misconduct involved multiple offenses
  • Failed to act with due diligence (slacker)
  • Failed to communicate with client
  • Charged or attempted to collect an unreasonable fee in a divorce matter
  • Failed to provide client with written fee agreement
  • Failed to take reasonable steps to prevent prejudice to his client after representation terminated

As a consequence of his misconduct, the cheerleaders of Attorney Misfits sitting on the Arizona Supreme Court punished Joey by gifting him with a third complimentary 60-day suspension of his law license.

 

As we speak (ca. July 2015), Joey practices in the Glendale, Arizona area.

 

Caution: Joey does not carry legal malpractice insurance

 
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