Padilla v. Samson A.C. No. 10253, 22 August 2017

Facts: Atty. Samson completely abandoned Padilla without any justification, notwithstanding his receipt of the professional fees for services rendered as well as the latter’s efforts to reach him. In addition, Atty. Samson failed to answer this complaint despite due notice from the Court and the IBP.

Issue: Whether or not Atty. Samson should be held administratively liable.

Decision: Yes. Atty. Samson’s unwarranted tenacity shows his lack of interest in clearing his name which is indicative of an implied admission of the charges leveled against him. Atty. Samson is ordered:
1. Suspended for two (2) years;
2. Return to Padilla, within 30 days, all the documents and properties entrusted to him by virtue of their lawyer-client relationship; and
3. Warned that repetition of similar offense would be dealt with more severely.

Credit to:
Case Digest Author
Lenard L. Bautista
Arellano University School of Law


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