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Wyo. Supreme Court suspends Casper attorney after she fails to return client fee

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CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper attorney has been suspended for one-year following a decision from the Wyoming Supreme Court.

That attorney is Kara Crawford-Fink.

“The disciplinary order resulted from Crawford-Fink’s representation of a client in a divorce matter,” the Wyoming Bar Association said in a Wednesday, Dec. 4 release. “The client paid a $3,500.00 fee at the outset of the representation.”

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“The client ultimately terminated Crawford-Fink’s representation and retained other counsel, demanding a return of the fee. Crawford-Fink failed to return the unearned portion of the fee.”

This is not the first time the attorney has faced disciplinary action. The Wyoming Bar Association says that Crawford-Fink agreed that she’d committed violations of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct relating to fees and duties upon termination of representation.

“In light of her prior disciplinary history (which included a private reprimand in 2017 and a 120-day suspension in 2018), Crawford-Fink agreed that a one-year suspension was an appropriate sanction for her conduct,” the Wyoming Bar Association said. “Crawford-Fink agreed to return $3,000.00, representing the remaining unearned portion of the fee, to the client.”

“In addition to receiving a one-year suspension, Crawford-Fink was ordered to pay an administrative fee in the amount of $750.00 and costs of $50.00 to the Wyoming State Bar.”

The Wyoming Supreme Court’s Order of Suspension can be accesed online.