Montgomery County attorney who had dealings in York County was recently disbarred (PA)

An attorney from Montgomery County who had dealings with at least a dozen people in York County since 2003 has been disbarred, according to court documents.

The opinion for the case involving Brett B. Weinstein was issued on July 28 by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The order states that Weinstein, whose office is at 705 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia, allegedly participated in the “unauthorized practice of law by allowing laypersons to counsel his clients,” and among other things, “he generally engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation.”

Bradley C. Jacobs, York County register of wills, said Thursday that Weinstein was the “counsel of record” for 12 estates in York County since 2003.

William Hoffmeyer, a founding attorney with Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, L.L.P., in York, is a former chairman and current co-chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Hoffmeyer said he was bombarded with correspondence after the order was issued that Weinstein be disbarred.

“Mr. Weinstein has been in our sights for years,” Hoffmeyer said. The committee was “constantly receiving complaints from all over the commonwealth from senior citizens who had been taken advantage of.”

According to court documents, Weinstein paid nonattorneys to meet with people to discuss estate planning, and most of the clients’ dealings were with the nonattorney. The clients were sometimes charged $1,995 for a living trust, according to the court documents. Hoffmeyer said that amount is “far more than what the average attorney would charge.”

A call to Weinstein’s King of Prussia law office was not returned Thursday.

Attribution:

Montgomery County attorney who had dealings in York County was recently disbarred
Brett B. Weinstein, a Montgomery County attorney, worked on a dozen estates in York County since 2003
Brandie Kessler
July 31, 2014
York Dailly Record
http://www.ydr.com/ci_26254123/montgomery-county-attorney-who-had-dealings-york-county

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