On January 9, 2024, the Supreme Judicial Court State of Maine considered a Petition for Discharge of the Receiver appointed to oversee the closing of the law practice of Christopher J. Whalley.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Receivership of Christopher J. Whalley” with case number Bar 22-3.
On December 29, 2022, the State of Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a disbarment order against Ellsworth attorney Christopher J. Whalley. The disbarment stems from negligence in handling an estate’s administration brought by the Board of Overseers of the Bar.
The charges against Whalley include violations of various Maine Rules of Professional Conduct, such as false statements, negligence, and failure to respond to lawful demands. Whalley, initially named as Personal Representative in his client’s will, faced accusations of mishandling the estate’s administration and allowing the former residence to deteriorate. Furthermore, Whalley allegedly wrote checks from the estate’s account to his corporation, Damn Yankees, Inc.
William B. Devoe, Esq., was appointed as the receiver to manage various aspects of Whalley’s law practice closure. This included obtaining possession of client files, securing funds in operating and trust accounts, and ensuring the protection of clients’ interests.
According to the latest filing, Devoe diligently fulfilled his responsibilities, returning or attempting to return all client files to their rightful owners, securing funds in trust accounts, and generating an inventory of client files. The law firm of Eaton Peabody, under Devoe’s management, agreed to arrange for the secure retention and eventual destruction of closed and inactive files.
The Court discharged Devoe as the receiver, expressing gratitude for his extensive efforts in protecting the clients and closing Christopher J. Whalley’s law office.
According to Avvo, Mr. Whalley was a landlord and tenant attorney in Ellsworth, Maine. He obtained his law license in Maine in 1991.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.