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William Thomas Hays - #20286

Current Status:  Not eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 20286    
Address: William T. Hays
2129 Mariners Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone Number: (949) 645-4841
Fax Number: (949) 666-6797
e-mail: Not Available 
County: Orange
Undergraduate School: No Information Available;
District: District 4    
Sections: None Law School: U of San Francisco SOL; San Francisco CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA
7/1/2011 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
8/23/1994 Active  
7/25/1994 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
1/11/1949 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

10/18/2012 Ordered inactive Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
4/24/2012 Notice of Disc Charges Filed in SBCt 12-N-11649  
1/12/2012 Discipline w/actual suspension 10-O-06262 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Administrative Actions

7/3/2012 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
7/1/2011 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
7/25/1994 Admin Inactive/MCLE noncompliance Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

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State Bar Court Cases

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Effective Date Case Number Description
1/12/2012 10-O-06262 Stipulation [PDF] [HTML]
Pending 12-N-11649 Initiating Document [PDF]
Pending 12-N-11649 Response [PDF]

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

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January 12, 2012

WILLIAM THOMAS HAYS [#20286], 89, of Newport Beach was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with an actual two-year suspension and until he makes restitution and proves his rehabilitation and he was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Jan. 12, 2012.

Hays stipulated to 69 counts of misconduct in 14 loan modification cases. In each case, he violated a state law that prohibits taking advance fees for offering to perform a mortgage loan modification. He also did not provide the required statement that individuals do not need to hire a third party to arrange for a loan modification, but can call lenders directly or use nonprofit housing counseling agencies.

Hays also charged illegal or unconscionable fees, failed to account for fees, release client files or keep clients informed of significant developments in their cases, and he practiced in jurisdictions (Nevada, Florida, Massachusetts and Virginia) where he was not admitted.

He agreed to pay $35,825 in restitution.

In mitigation, Hays had no discipline record in more than 62 years of practice.

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