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Matter of Skokos

November 15, 1988

IN THE MATTER OF GEORGE S. SKOKOS, AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

ORDER

The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report with the Supreme Court recommending that GEORGE S. SKOKOS of ASBURY PARK, who was admitted to the Bar of this State in 1945, be publicly disciplined for his failure to cooperate with the District IX Ethics Committee in its investigation of a complaint against him, and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that GEORGE S. SKOKOS show cause before this Court on Tuesday, January 3, 1989, at 2:00 p.m. in

the Supreme Court Courtroom, Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton, New Jersey, why he should not be immediately temporarily suspended from the practice of law pending the ethics committee's disposition on the merits of the underlying complaint against him; and it is further

Ordered that David E. Johnson, Jr., Esquire, or his designee, present this matter to the Court; and it is further

Ordered that respondent shall serve an original and eight copies of his brief with the Clerk of this Court by December 12, 1988, and the Office of Attorney Ethics shall serve and file an original and eight copies of its response, if any, by December 27, 1988.

WITNESS, the Honorable Robert L. Clifford, Presiding Justice, at Trenton, this 15th day of November, 1988.

APPENDIX

Report and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board

To the Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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

About September 1980, respondent was retained by Margaret S. G. Whitford for the purpose of representing the estate of the late Edith Pugh. Ms. Pugh had died on July 29, 1980, leaving a will naming her niece, Ms. Whitford, as executrix.

The initial probate of the estate proceeded smoothly. An inventory was conducted. Decedent's home in Asbury Park as well as her interest in some property in England were sold. However, two problems ultimately developed. First, although respondent deposited the sum of $7,000 with the Inheritance Tax Bureau to avoid the running of any additional interest or penalties, he never filed an ...


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