Surry Man Pleads No Contest to Practicing Law Without License

ELLSWORTH — A Surry man pleaded no contest Friday in Ellsworth District Court to practicing law without a license.

Frank Walker, 71, was sentenced to a 30-day suspended jail sentence and a year of administrative supervision.

The requirements of the year of supervision include that Walker refrain from the practice of law including drafting probate documents, not representing clients at real estate closings or providing legal advice in probate and real estate matters, court records state.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office began investigating Walker after a group of attorneys contacted the Board of Overseers of the Bar after an incident in Hancock County Probate Court.

Walker’s alleged actions came to light on the eve of a case going to a hearing in Probate Court when Walker allegedly turned over his case to an attorney who is licensed, said Assistant Attorney General Leanne Robbin, who is prosecuting the case.

The Board of Overseers of the Bar contacted the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

A complaint for one count of unauthorized practice of law, which was written by Detective Stephen McFarland, states that from Oct. 20, 2009, to June 1, 2010, Walker practiced law though he was not a member of the Bar.

An order from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court filed with the complaint states that Walker resigned voluntarily from the Maine Bar on Aug. 25, 2006.

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Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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