It is the case of the missing attorney. Kokomo attorney, Bradley Hamilton, has skipped town, leaving multiple cases open in Howard County, IN, reports the Kokomo Tribune.
Howard County Judge George Hopkins has appointed attorney Brent Dechert to take on Hamilton’s cases. In a petition filed by Dechert, it is reported that Hamilton had unsuccessfully tried to sell his law practice so that he could move to Australia.
According to the Kokomo Tribune, Hamilton’s clients had been unrepresented at hearings with no notice of where their attorney was over the course of the past weeks. The last time Hamilton was seen in Kokomo was on Sept. 27.
Dechert has been appointed as the attorney surrogate for all of Hamilton’s unresolved legal cases. The amount of cases still open is unknown at this time. As surrogate, Dechert is responsible for notifying Hamilton’s clients of the situation, filing requests for time extensions on their behalf and taking possession of any trust accounts Hamitlon may have left behind.
According to the Kokomo Tribune, Dechert “had cause to believe” Hamilton moved to Australia as he had expressed this desire to him several times.
Hamilton’s law office is no closed and his house in the Green Acres subdivision vacant with a “for sale” sign out front. His realtor is unable to comment on his whereabouts due to client confidentiality.
According to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys, Hamilton is still listed as “Active in Good Standing” though he has two concluded disciplinary actions on his record. No word is out as to how this situation will be handed by the Indiana Disciplinary Commission.