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Attorney Merrill Moores of Indianapolis; ethical goblin

 
The state of Indiana provided Merrill Moores with a law license in 1989.
 
The Indiana Disciplinary Commission found Merrill guilty of the following misconduct. 
  1. Represented clients with conflicting interests
  2. Failure to explain a matter necessary to permit client to make informed decisions
  3. Entered into unreasonable business transactions with clients
  4. Failed to expedite client litigation (slacker)
  5. Engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice
Merrill was hired by two clients to represent them in a foreclosure action regarding two acres of land they owned. Merrill demanded a $4,000 retainer that they were unable to pay in full. To allegedly protect himself and his claimed fees, Merrill had the clients sign an 8-year exclusive listing agreement with him on terms that were clearly unfavorable to the clients. At the time, Merrill held a real estate broker’s license.
 
Subsequently, the mortgage company filed a motion for summary judgment with the trial court. Merrill never responded to the motion on behalf of his client’s, which led the trial court to grant the motion on behalf of the mortgage company. Merrill never advised his clients about the filing of the motion for summary judgment until after the court granted it.
 
As a consequence of her misconduct, the cheerleaders for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Indiana Supreme Court punished Merrill by gifting him with a complimentary 30-day suspension of his law license.
 
As we speak (ca. December 2012) Merrill practices with the Merrill Moores Law Firm at 9801 Fall Creek Road in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 
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