The Supreme Court (SC) disbarred a lawyer for failing to return money to a client for failing to obtain an annulment of a marriage.
The SC Public Information Office (SCPIO) said in a statement on Wednesday (July 6th) that the court had issued a decision ordering the disbarment of lawyer Ronaldo Salvado.
Apart from this, the SCPIO said that the court “must also restore to plaintiff Roger D. Asuncion the amount of 420,000 pesos, with interest at the legal rate of 6% per annum, which he received from the plaintiff for the decision. /decree of annulment which he promised to issue.
The SC ruled the lawyer was disbarred ‘for breaching the Code of Professional Responsibility (CPR) and his barrister’s oath when he promised his client a backdated marriage annulment order and did not has not returned the money paid for it”.
Roger sought Salvado’s services in 2013 for the annulment of the plaintiff’s mother’s marriage.
“The plaintiff claimed that Salvado had guaranteed a favorable judgment in two months and submitted screenshots of their text messages to show that the legal fees of P700,000 included payment to Salvado’s relations for the issuance of said judgment. Salvado’s deal with his connections allegedly fell through when Roger failed to pay the full amount,” SCPIO said.
He noted that: “Salvado charged 70,000 pesos as an acceptance fee and later received various amounts totaling 420,000 pesos, as evidenced by the receipts he issued to Roger.”
“The Court held that Salvado knew from the outset that a judgment would not be issued within two months of the filing of an action for annulment; yet he agreed to issue a backdated judgment on an annulment proceeding, which can only be obtained by unlawful means. The Court further held that the offense was consummated when Salvado accepted a commitment that would result in the commission of an act contrary to the law, adding that his offense was further aggravated by the fact that he had not returned the amount that his client had paid him when their agreement had not done so. does not materialize,” the CSIOP said.
Besides this case, the SC has already suspended Salvado for two-year periods twice in two other disbarment cases.
“The Court lamented that Salvado lacks good character and is unworthy of membership in the legal profession given his prior violations of the CPR and the Advocate’s Oath in Aca, Ereñeta, and the present case,” he said. said CSIOP.