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In re Edwards

October 7, 1985

IN THE MATTER OF DAVID C. EDWARDS, AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

ORDER

The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report with this Court recommending that DAVID C. EDWARDS of MORRISTOWN, who was admitted to the bar of this State in 1973, be disbarred, and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board is hereby adopted; and it is further

ORDERED that DAVID C. EDWARDS be disbarred from the practice of law and that his name be stricken from the roll of attorneys of this State, effective immediately; and it is further

Ordered DAVID C. EDWARDS be and hereby is permanently restrained and enjoined from practicing law; and it is further

Ordered that DAVID C. EDWARDS reimburse the Ethics Financial Committee for appropriate administrative costs.

APPENDIX

Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board

This matter is before the Board based upon a presentment filed by the District X (Morris County) Ethics Committee.

The presentment incorporates four complaints filed against Respondent by former clients charging he misappropriated trust funds, failed to maintain proper books and records, failed to carry out contracts of employment and was grossly negligent.

1. GRANT ESTATE MATTER

Respondent was retained by a regular client, Clara Pinkman, who was executrix and sole beneficiary of the estate of Kenneth Grant. Respondent, who had represented Ms. Pinkman for many years was to handle the sale of three parcels of land for the estate. Another attorney had probated the will and had prepared the state transfer inheritance tax return. Payment of the inheritance tax had been deferred pending the sale of this real property. By letter dated November 17, 1981, Ms. Pinkman advised the State Inheritance Tax Bureau that Respondent would represent her and the estate ...


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