Binayaran tapos kinalimutan: SC suspends abogado for 6 months over neglect of client’s cases

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The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended abogado Jesus dela Cruz for 6 months for neglecting his client’s cases.

In a recent 6-page decision, the SC 2nd Division found Dela Cruz guilty of violating Rules 18.03 and 18.04 of Canon 18 of the Code of Professional Responsibility, which enjoins lawyers against neglecting legal matters and to keep the client informed of the status of his case.

Complainant Lolita Martin said she failed to meet Dela Cruz in his office from December 21, 2012 to February 6, 2013 to follow up on her 3 cases she filed before the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the Office of the City Prosecutor of Quezon City (OCP-QC), and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).

After Martin made several demands for a refund, Dela Cruz later contacted her and assured her that he would still handle the cases especially the complaint before the OCP-QC. Yet, he failed to again attend the preliminary investigation, already rescheduled before due to his absence, citing that he was not aware of the correct time.

The decision penned by Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe stated: “His neglect of a legal matter entrusted to him amounts to inexcusable negligence for which he must be administratively liable, as in this case.”

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