Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Ernest L. Manderson, Esq.

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Docket No.: BAR-17-16

Issued by: Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Date: September 11, 2017

Respondent: Ernest L. Manderson, Esq.

Bar Number: 000882

Order: Receiver Appointment

Disposition/Conduct: Receiver Appointment

Order Appointing Limited Receiver
M. Bar R. 32

Upon Petition filed by the Board of Overseers of the Bar and pursuant to M. Bar R. 32, the Court Orders:

As of this date, the Board of Overseers of the Bar is appointed Limited Receiver for final closing of the law practice of Ernest L. Manderson. Pursuant to this Order, the Board as Limited Receiver shall:

  1. secure any professional files, client property and client data of Ernest L. Manderson;
  2. inventory client files;
  3. reconcile IOLTA accounts;
  4. attempt to return client property.

As a service to the bar, the Board shall act as Receiver for the Manderson law office on a pro bono basis. However, the Board may seek reimbursement of costs associated with Receivership duties and the law office of Ernest L. Manderson shall be the first choice for source of payment for any disbursements made in this matter. If insufficient assets are available from the law office, the Board of Overseers may be an alternate payment source for expenses related to the law office closure.

The Board shall act as Limited Receiver until discharged by the Court in accordance with M. Bar R 32(c).

The Board so appointed shall not disclose any information contained in any file listed in such inventory without the consent of the client to whom such file relates except as may be necessary to carry out an order of court including any order under M. Bar R 32.

Within 120 of the date of this signed Order, the Board, as Limited Receiver, shall report to the Court on the status of this matter.

The Clerk is directed to incorporate this Order on the docket by reference.

Dated: September 11, 2017

Jeffrey L. Hjelm
Associate Justice
Maine Supreme Judicial Court