Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar sets deadlines for clients to retrieve suspended lawyers’ files

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar on Thursday set deadlines for former clients of two suspended lawyers to retrieve files.

The files of Dale Thistle, whose law office was in Newport, and William B. Cote, whose practice was in Lewiston, are being held by other law firms.

The law office of Michael Wiers in Newport has assumed responsibility for the unclaimed client files and original wills prepared by or in the custody of Thistle, the board said in a press release.

All closed files more than 8 years old that have not been claimed by Oct. 6 will be confidentially destroyed except for all original wills and other valuable documents. They will be permanently retained at the board of overseers in Augusta.

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Shankman and Associates in Lewiston is acting as a temporary repository for Cote’s unclaimed client files. Files more than 8 years old will not be retained beyond Nov. 7, the board said in a press release. After that, closed files will thereafter be monitored by the board of overseers and retained at an off-site storage facility. Subsequently, those files will be confidentially destroyed.

Original wills and other valuable documents prepared by Cote will be permanently retained at the board of overseers in Augusta.

Thistle was suspended in June after he became disabled after a car accident.

Cote was suspended in December because of substance abuse problems.

To retrieve Thistle’s files, call Wiers’ office at 355-3200.

To retrieve Cote’s files, call Shankman’s office at 786-0311.

People may inquire about attorney regulation by contacting the board’s office at 623-1121 or by visiting mebaroverseers.org.

 

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