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WOOLERY, Benjamin Jeremy - Reprimand on December 15, 2017, for failing to provide competent representation to a client, failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, and engaging in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. Respondent, as the personal representative of an estate, sold a tractor stored by one of the beneficiaries of the estate on property owned by the estate without first ascertaining the ownership or approximate value of the tractor and, even though promptly informed of the tractor's ownership and value, failed to rectify his error because of the attorney's antipathy to the tractor's owner.
WOOLERY, Benjamin Jeremy - Disbarment on December 20, 2018, for incompetence, failing to abide by the scope of representation and the allocation of authority between client and attorney, failing to adequately communicate with his client, collecting unreasonable fees, failing to recognize that his representation of one client would be directly adverse to and would materially limit his responsibilities to another client, failing to adhere to his duties to a former client, failing to safe-keep client funds in trust, improperly withdrawing from his client's case and failing to surrender client property upon termination of his representation, filing frivolous pleadings, failure to maintain candor to the tribunal, directly soliciting employment from a prospective client for his own pecuniary gain, and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. In an estate matter, Respondent misappropriated estate funds when he intentionally withheld and distributed estate funds to himself without client authorization and made misrepresentations to the Court in an attempt to secure legal fees from his former clients.
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