Law Practice Management
Ex-Client Sues Law Firm, Says He Never Got $100K Settlement
Posted Aug 18, 2009 2:49 PM CST
By Martha Neil
A former client of a Pennsylvania law firm filed suit yesterday in Bucks County for malpractice, contending that his lawyer, Debbie Carlitz, didn't tell him about a $100,000 settlement in an auto accident case until months after the check was cashed by someone else.
Carlitz, 48, maintained a Feasterville office prior to her suspension from practice last year, after falling behind on the state's continuing legal education requirements, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Meanwhile, a trial is scheduled next week for a former longtime paralegal and office manager for Carlitz. Bonnie Sweeten, 38, was charged in May with identity theft and filing false reports after allegedly falsely claiming in a call to authorities that she and her daughter had been carjacked.
Authorities say Sweeten was never abducted and instead assumed a false identity to travel with her daughter to Disney World.