On Wednesday, November 15, 2023, the Supreme Court of South Carolina issued an order placing attorney George Harold Hanlin on interim suspension from law practice.
The case is titled ‘In the Matter of George Harold Hanlin’ with Appellate Case Nos. 2023-001748 and 2023-001749.
The order stems from a petition filed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel asking to place Hanlin on interim suspension pursuant to Rule 17(c) of the Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement, which allows for interim suspensions from the practice of law prior to a final adjudication of disciplinary proceedings. While the specific misconduct was not mentioned, the court granted the suspension under this rule. Hanlin will remain suspended until further order from the Supreme Court.
In addition to suspending Hanlin’s law license, the order appointed attorney Peyre T. Lumpkin to assume control over Hanlin’s client files, trust, and operating bank accounts. Lumpkin is now responsible for protecting the interests of Hanlin’s clients and may make disbursements from or close any law office accounts as necessary.
The order serves as an injunction preventing Hanlin from withdrawing funds from any law office accounts. It also serves as notification to any banks maintaining Hanlin’s accounts that Lumpkin has been appointed and is authorized to access the files. Similarly, the order directs the U.S. Postal Service to deliver any mail addressed to Hanlin to Lumpkin’s office instead.
According to Avvo, Attorney George Harold Hanlin is an estate planning attorney based in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1989. He acquired his license in South Carolina in the same year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.