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Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:00 am

Glick disciplined in estate cases

High court puts senator on 2 years' probation

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court placed Republican Sen. Sue Glick on probation for two years after she let several estate cases languish and didn't keep one of her legal practice clients reasonably informed.

The probation is instead of a 30-day suspension and was agreed to by Glick and the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.

A formal complaint was filed about a month ago.

“All attorneys strive to adhere to strict professional standards and I'm disappointed that I failed to live up to that,” Glick said. “I regret the embarrassment I've caused to the members of the bar and the fellow practitioners. It's just embarrassing.”

According to the order, signed by Chief Justice Loretta Rush on Thursday, Glick was retained for an estate case in February 2009 and failed to keep the co-executors informed on the status of the case between 2010 through 2016. Glick also failed to file the estate's income tax returns and inheritance tax returns on time. That case was closed in November. 

When investigators were researching the case in the initial complaint, they found that between 1991 and 2014, Glick filed 21 separate estates in LaGrange Circuit Court that were not closed by October 2016.

Since that time, she has closed 14 of those 21 estates, the order said. None of the personal representatives or beneficiaries of these old estates have complained of her handling of those cases.

“In mitigation the parties cite (Glick's) lack of prior discipline, her making of restitution, her cooperation with the disciplinary process, her remorse, and her recent progress in closing the majority of old estates,” Rush's order said.

Glick said as of Friday five of those cases remain open.

“I've been practicing for 39 years, and I've tried my best,” she said.

According to the order, Glick has 90 days to submit evidence showing progress on the remaining cases and must have all of them closed at the end of the two-year probation. If she doesn't, she will serve the 30-day suspension.

Glick, 66, has represented LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and portions of DeKalb counties in the Senate since 2010. She chairs the Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Judiciary Committee. She is the assistant president pro tem in the chamber.

nkelly@jg.net