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Attorney Thomas Margolis of Muncie, IN; ethical dwarf

The state of Indiana provided Thomas Dean Margolis with a law license in 1977.
The Indiana Disciplinary Commission found Thomas guilty of the following misconduct. 
  1. Failed to abide by client’s decisions concerning objectives of representation
  2. Failed to act with reasonable diligence (slacker)
  3. Failed to keep clients adequately informed about the status of their cases
In one matter, was hired to recover a judgment in regard to a real estate action. Although the clients held a judgment against the buyers, the clients did not have clear title to the land. Several years earlier, the clients had filed for bankruptcy. The debts regarding the clients’ title and the judgment against the buyer were listed in the bankruptcy filing. Within a year, the clients were granted a discharge of their debts in the bankruptcy court.
Prior to the bankruptcy discharge, the client’s filed a foreclosure action. The clients did not defend the action and a default judgment was rendered against them. Shortly thereafter, the buyers paid the clients’ debts, including the default judgment, and obtained clear title to the property.
Seven years after his clients were granted a discharge in bankruptcy court; Michael sought to reopen the bankruptcy and at the same time filed a petition in state court for relief from the default foreclosure judgment. The bankruptcy court refused to reopen the case. Michael then withdrew the state filed motion for relief without the permission of his clients. Moreover, Michael did not advise his clients that he had withdrawn the motion for relief from the judgment. Subsequently, Michael was fired after the client found a competent attorney.
As a consequence of her misconduct, the cheerleaders for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Indiana Supreme Court punished Thomas by gifting him with a complimentary reprimand.
As we speak (ca. November 2012) Thomas practices at 309 North High Street in Muncie, Indiana.

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