Bloomberg Law
June 25, 2020, 7:07 PM

Wyoming Lawyer Censured for Neglecting Client’s Bankruptcy

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

A Wyoming lawyer who didn’t file a client’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition 11 months after she instructed him to do so was publicly censured by the state’s highest court for negligence.

Relying on a report from the state bar’s professional responsibility board, the Wyoming Supreme Court agreed that the sanction was appropriate for his failure to act diligently for his client.

John C. Hoard agreed to represent the client in June 2017 but the bankruptcy filing was delayed because she underwent treatment for a medical condition, the board’s report said.

She directed Hoard in April 2018 to go ahead with ...

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