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MATTER FRANKLIN P. GAVIN (04/30/68)

SUPREME COURT OF NEW YORK, APPELLATE DIVISION, THIRD DEPARTMENT


April 30, 1968

IN THE MATTER OF FRANKLIN P. GAVIN, AN ATTORNEY, RESPONDENT. EMMET J. LYNCH, PETITIONER

Disciplinary proceedings instituted upon the petition of Emmet J. Lynch, Esq. Respondent was admitted to the Bar on January 18, 1940, at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Third Judicial Department.

Gibson, P. J., Herlihy, Reynolds, Aulisi and Gabrielli, JJ., concur.

Author: Per Curiam

 Respondent was admitted to practice January 18, 1940, in the Third Judicial Department.

The Referee correctly found the first charge substantiated in that respondent converted $34,179 in funds of an estate of which he was executor. He has made restitution, albeit tardily and under pressure, and his account as executor has been settled by the Surrogate's Court. The court has given effect to certain other mitigating factors, the discussion of which would serve no useful purpose.

Under the remaining charge there was proof of the retention of at least $2,000, which the Referee did not find to be a conversion, entrusted to respondent to enable him to endeavor to effect a compromise of the monetary demands of his client's wife in actions for a separation and for an accounting of rents and profits. The client testified that he has made no demand upon respondent for the return of any part of the fund.

Certain well-regarded members of the Bar testified as character witnesses in respondent's behalf.

The ends of justice will be served by respondent's suspension from the practice of the law for the period of 18 months.

Respondent suspended from the practice of the law for a period of 18 months, effective on the date to be specified in the order to be entered hereon.

Disposition

Respondent suspended from the practice of the law for a period of 18 months, effective on the date to be specified in the order to be entered hereon.

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