Topeka The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Lawrence attorney Shelley Kurt Bock violated rules of conduct, and it placed his practice on probation.
Under the order, Bock's work will be supervised for three years by James George, a Lawrence attorney. Bock also is prohibited from engaging in civil legal matters.
And the court ordered Bock, an attorney in Kansas since 1979, to pay $1,521 to the heir of one client, and $119 to a divorce client.
A hearing panel of the Kansas Board for the Discipline of Attorneys found that Bock violated the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct in two cases.
In one, Bock failed to complete a divorce proceeding despite his client's repeated attempts to contact him, the panel said. In the other case, the panel found Bock failed to terminate a conservatorship in the death of a Lawrence man in 2005.
The hearing panel concluded that Bock violated his duties but was suffering from depression and was remorseful. He told an investigating attorney that he felt overwhelmed by his workload, the panel said. Another term of his probation is to continue treatment for depression, according to the court opinion.
Contacted by telephone, Bock said the order "speaks for itself" and that he was sorry for the incidents.