When you are about to go bankrupt, it is best that you always conduct a good research when looking for a bankruptcy attorney because you might hire an incompetent one and end up losing much more.
This is the case with Christopher Chadick, a former bankruptcy lawyer. In the years that he was in the field, Chadick had collected about $94, 500 in retainer fees from 114 different clients. The problem was he collected money from them but he did not file or do any of the paperwork. The repercussions for his failure to file the bankruptcy cases of his clients had led to them having their wages garnished leading to these clients to tap into their accounts. There was also a case when a client had lost his home due to Chadick’s incompetency.
In 2011, he was convicted by a jury for several accounts of fraud.
Now, Christopher Chadick is getting a new trial after a shortened testimony from 2011 had convinced the court to order a new trial for the former lawyer. Interestingly, the same man who testified cannot do so again because he had died the year after.
Hugh Fox, Chadick’s office manager, had testified before that Chadick had done nothing wrong. Unfortunately, his pleas were ignored by the now-retired County Court Judge William Walsh because, according to him, Fox had violated a plea deal with prosecutors.
Fox said that Chadick had only pleaded guilty so that he would avoid more serious charges against him.
An appeals court based in Rochester had ultimately ruled that Walsh was wrong to have thrown out the entirety of Fox’s testimony, which would have helped in the defense of Chadick, prompting them to order a new trial.
Unfortunately for Chadick and his party, Fox had already passed away and will be unable to stand witness once again, making it seem impossible for the prosecution to win the same case.
But according to Prosecutor Beth Van Doren, Fox was not their most important witness. Van Doren offered Chadick to plead guilty to a felony to settle the case but Chadick had declined.