Board of Overseers of the Bar v. Ralph M. Clark

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Docket No.: BAR-18-13

Issued by: Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Date: Spetember 26, 2018

Respondent: Ralph M. Clark

Bar Number: 000839

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 Ralph M. Clark. Pursuant to this Order, the Board as Limited Receiver shall:

  1. place an office closure notice in the Kennebec Journal;
  2. secure any professional files, client property, and client data of Ralph M. Clark;
  3. attempt to return client property;
  4. inventory client files; and
  5. store and/or dispose of client files in accordance with the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct.

As a service to the bar, the Board shall act as Limited Receiver on a pro bono basis. However, the Board may seek reimbursement of costs associated with Receivership duties and inactive attorney Ralph M. Clark shall be the first choice for source of payment for any disbursements made in this matter if sufficient assets are available.

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 files relate except as may be necessary to carry out an order of the court including any order under M. Bar R 32.

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

Dated: September 26, 2018

A. Mark Horton
Maine Superior Court