On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee publicly censured attorney Joseph P. Weyant.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Joseph P. Weyant,” with case no. 72616-5-ES.

According to the Board’s Order, Weyant was hired to handle the probate proceedings for a client’s deceased fiancé’s estate, who was expected to receive a distribution from his mother’s estate. Despite no distribution having been made, Weyant prematurely closed the fiancé’s estate, leading the client to hire another attorney and incur fees of $3,102 to reopen it.

The Board considered the matter at its December 8, 2023 meeting. It found Weyant violated Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1 on competence, 1.3 regarding diligence, 1.4 on communication, and 8.4(d) concerning prejudice to the administration of justice. Specifically, Weyant failure to communicate effectively with the client and his premature closure of the estate, which resulted in financial and legal repercussions for the client.

Based on these rules violations, the Board publicly censured Weyant. Additionally, Weyant must reimburse his former client $3,102 for legal fees incurred to rectify the premature estate closing within 90 days.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Joseph P. Weyant is a bankruptcy and debt attorney in Clarksville, Tennessee. He attended Mississippi College School of Law and was licensed in Tennessee in 2003.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.