L. R., In re, No. D--12

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court (New Jersey)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation7 N.J. 390,81 A.2d 725
PartiesIn re L.R.
Docket NumberNo. D--12
Decision Date25 June 1951

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7 N.J. 390
81 A.2d 725
In re L.R.
No. D--12.
Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Argued June 11, 1951.
Decided June 25, 1951.

Milton T. Lasher, Hackensack, by designation of the Ethics and Grievance Committee of Bergen County, for the rule.

Walter H. Jones, Hackensack, for respondent attorney.

PER CURIAM.

The Ethics and Grievance Committee of Bergen County, following the filing of a complaint against the attorney and the taking of testimony on notice to him and in the presence of him and of his attorney, filed its presentment charging him with various breaches of professional ethics. Among these were that the attorney paid for complimentary press notices, that he engaged with a real estate

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corporation which he owned or controlled in such a way that the corporation held itself out to prospective customers as maintaining 'a 1-package system which includes servicing a transaction from its inception to its closing' and as having its own legal department which processed and expedited every mortgage applied for through the office, and that he publicized that character of service.

The realty corporation is known by the attorney's family name, and its stock is held by the attorney, his wife and his mother-in-law.

Agents of the real estate corporation were instructed by respondent to announce to customers that the corporation would secure the necessary mortgage, make the search, do everything about the transaction, prepare the deed and turn it over to the customer complete, and that respondent was a lawyer himself so it wasn't necessary for the customer to engage his own lawyer, but if the customer insisted on having his own lawyer then the agents were to tell him that by all means he might have his own lawyer.

On at least one occasion the Bergen Evening Record contained a half-column of matter, purporting to be a news article, carrying the information that the attorney was vice president at that time of the corporation[81 A.2d 726] and was celebrating his 31st birthday, that his accomplishments 'made him seem a lot older', that he had been instrumental in building one of the largest real estate and insurance offices in the state, that the business covered the northern counties and was doing, according to the attorney's statement, one of the largest volumes of residential and commercial sales in the area, that the staff had grown from one man to fifteen persons, including outside field men, that 'the firm has a 1-package system...

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7 practice notes
  • Greenberg, In re, No. D--3
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New Jersey)
    • March 21, 1956
    ...15 N.J. 600, 105 A.2d 829 (1954); In re Rothman, 12 N.J. 528, 97 A.2d 621, 39 A.L.R.2d 1032 (1953); In re Howell, supra; In re L.R., 7 N.J. 390, 81 A.2d 725 (1951); In re Smith, 192 A. 42, 15 N.J.Misc. 443 The court has concluded, upon due consideration of the precedents and the evidence be......
  • State ex rel. Florida Bar v. Murrell
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • July 30, 1954
    ...In re McDonald, 204 Minn. 61, 62, 282 N.W. 677, 284 N.W. 888; Barton v. State Bar of California, 209 Cal. 677, 289 P. 818; In re L. R., 7 N.J. 390, 81 A.2d 725; In re Gill, 104 Wash. 160, 176 P. 11 and In re Bruener, 178 Wash. 165, 34 P.2d 437; United States v. Costen, C.C., 38 F. 24; Peopl......
  • Cornelius, In re, No. 1944
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alaska (US)
    • March 15, 1974
    ...by his partners, 18 and that he had participated in the organization of prospective litigants, thus creating litigation. 19 In In re L.R., 7 N.J. 390, 81 A.2d 725 (1951), an attorney participating in a realty corporation which offered its customers the inducement of an owner who could handl......
  • Kentucky State Bar Ass'n v. First Federal Sav. and Loan Ass'n of Covington
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (Kentucky)
    • December 9, 1960
    ...with commercial services, which it properly may render, does not constitute an excuse for the unauthorized practice of the law. In re L.R., 7 N.J. 390, 81 A.2d 725. Even when a company is engaged in the title insurance business, it cannot sell to the public, though a relatively insignifican......
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7 cases
  • Greenberg, In re, No. D--3
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New Jersey)
    • March 21, 1956
    ...15 N.J. 600, 105 A.2d 829 (1954); In re Rothman, 12 N.J. 528, 97 A.2d 621, 39 A.L.R.2d 1032 (1953); In re Howell, supra; In re L.R., 7 N.J. 390, 81 A.2d 725 (1951); In re Smith, 192 A. 42, 15 N.J.Misc. 443 The court has concluded, upon due consideration of the precedents and the evidence be......
  • State ex rel. Florida Bar v. Murrell
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • July 30, 1954
    ...In re McDonald, 204 Minn. 61, 62, 282 N.W. 677, 284 N.W. 888; Barton v. State Bar of California, 209 Cal. 677, 289 P. 818; In re L. R., 7 N.J. 390, 81 A.2d 725; In re Gill, 104 Wash. 160, 176 P. 11 and In re Bruener, 178 Wash. 165, 34 P.2d 437; United States v. Costen, C.C., 38 F. 24; Peopl......
  • Cornelius, In re, No. 1944
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Alaska (US)
    • March 15, 1974
    ...by his partners, 18 and that he had participated in the organization of prospective litigants, thus creating litigation. 19 In In re L.R., 7 N.J. 390, 81 A.2d 725 (1951), an attorney participating in a realty corporation which offered its customers the inducement of an owner who could handl......
  • Kentucky State Bar Ass'n v. First Federal Sav. and Loan Ass'n of Covington
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (Kentucky)
    • December 9, 1960
    ...with commercial services, which it properly may render, does not constitute an excuse for the unauthorized practice of the law. In re L.R., 7 N.J. 390, 81 A.2d 725. Even when a company is engaged in the title insurance business, it cannot sell to the public, though a relatively insignifican......
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