LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court has suspended two lawyers from practicing due to neglect of their professional responsibilities.
Kent Person, who practices in Holdrege, was repeatedly indifferent to requests by a probate court and his client to administer an estate, causing more than $1.1 million in penalties and fees to accumulate from the Internal Revenue Service, the state and the county. Eventually, a second attorney had to be appointed by the probate court to finally wrap up the estate.
Person, in responses to the court, expressed remorse for the neglect of the estate case, and said he was suffering from depression and was overwhelmed in his practice. The Supreme Court ordered an indefinite suspension, but stated that Person could file for reinstatement after two years provided he’s fully paid back the penalties and fees. He would be required to serve two years’ probation, under supervision of another attorney, if he is reinstated.
When reached by phone on Friday, Person declined to comment, but did confirm that the penalties and fees had already been paid.
Also suspended indefinitely was Frank Robak Sr., whose law office is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, but who practiced law in Omaha. The court said he could apply for reinstatement after one year, if he showed he was fit to practice and his practice was monitored by another attorney for two years.
Robak did not contest claims by a client that he didn’t respond fully to requests for information about a civil case. He told the client he had been hospitalized several times and was in no position to refund the $5,000 retainer he’d been paid. Robak did not respond to a call and email sent to his office on Friday.