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Prescott Attorney Suspended for Lying to Judge and Mismanaging Trust

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Sedona AZ (January 14, 2019) – Prescott attorney James Andrew Jolley, also known as Andy Jolley, has been suspended for six months after making false statements and failing to safe keep client property.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between Jolley and the State Bar of Arizona that resulted in the six-month suspension.

Jolley was hired by his clients as successor counsel in a family trust fraud case. It was alleged that they wrongfully transferred funds of a vulnerable adult to them and their children.

Prior counsel provided a summary accounting that listed $75,000, which the client had received from the beneficiary prior to her death. Jolley was paid $7,000 by his clients from the monies at issue and deposited the rest into his trust account—a total of $63,000. An additional $5,000 were paid to Jolley.

When asked about the $75,000 that should have been deposited into his trust account, Jolley twice confirmed it had been—failing to disclose that only $58,000 remained. He misled the court stating, “Yes, your honor,” when the judge asked if the full amount was in his trust account. It was not until three years later that he clarified for the first time that the full amount was not in his trust account.

Jolley further made misstatements to the State Bar of Arizona during its investigation.

James Andrew “Andy” Jolley’s six-month suspension will be effective on January 22, 2019. He was also ordered to pay $1,200 for the costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona.

Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602-340-7280.

The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 24,500 attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.

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2 Comments

  1. Norm Berger says:

    Gives lawyers a bad name.

  2. Tracy Yahnke says:

    Thank you Sedona for keeping our community informed. It is imperative to protect our elder community as unfortunately they are so susceptible to being conned. Speaking from personal experience with Andy, Andrew James Jolley (Whichever name he is choosing to go by these days) telling the truth and actually protecting a vulnerable adult is not his strong suit – and I am being kind…. House of Cards.

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