David M. Sostchin, Hialeah, Florida, an attorney, was publicly reprimanded following a March 8, 2012, court order. Public reprimand is a form of public discipline which declares the conduct of the lawyer improper, but does not limit the lawyer’s right to practice. Sostchin was admitted to practice law in 1978.
Sostchin was retained to represent a client in a foreclosure proceeding in which a final order of foreclosure had already been issued and a sale date had been set. Although there were no defects in the underlying proceeding, Sostchin failed to ensure that the client was adequately informed of the status of the representation, and notwithstanding the eventual sale of the property, continued to accept monthly payments until the client ceased making payment.
Upon learning of the sale of the property, the client went to the office and demanded an explanation. The firm issued a refund check in the amount of $2,295.