Lawyer Disbarred for Advising Clients to Stop Making Mortgage Payments

Allison Tussey —  September 3, 2012 — 1 Comment

Moses Sheldon Hall, 56, Fullerton, California, California state bar number #153759, was disbarred June 21, 2012, and was ordered to make restitution and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. 

Hall stipulated to nine counts of misconduct in three loan modification matters. In each case, he advised his clients to stop making mortgage payments and they lost their homes to foreclosure. All the clients were current on their mortgage payments when they hired Hall.

He instructed one client, who paid him a flat fee of $3,495, to stop making payments on her mortgages because lenders were only approving loan modifications on mortgages of delinquent borrowers. Instead, he told her to send monthly payments that he calculated at $779.42 “” based on a presumed loan modification “” and he would hold the money in his client trust account. The client followed his advice and her home was sold at foreclosure. Hall did not refund any of the $11,507.46 he was supposed to hold in trust.

He calculated monthly payments of $1,987.93 for another client, who also sent the money to him instead of her lender. Her home also was sold in foreclosure and Hall misappropriated the $15,903.44 the client gave him. That client also paid Hall a $3,000 fee.

A couple who paid $1,500 of a flat fee gave Hall monthly payments he calculated at $2,023.82; their house was sold at foreclosure. He misappropriated the $22,262.02 the couple gave him to hold in trust.

Hall stipulated in each matter that he failed to perform legal services competently or maintain client funds in trust and he misappropriated client funds, committing acts of moral turpitude.

Hall was publicly reproved in 1993.

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One response to Lawyer Disbarred for Advising Clients to Stop Making Mortgage Payments

  1. I had retained Moses Hall for a loan modification back in 2009. I paid him $1,500.00 to begin my case, and never heard from him again. After several calls went unanswered and after visits to his always closed office, I filed a small claims case and won a judgement against him for the $1,500.00 in October of 2010. I notified and sent copy of my judgement to the state bar.

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