Former Auburndale lawyer Adrian Gabaldon has lost his license to practice for five years for his handling of an elderly client’s estate planning, according to the Florida Bar.

AUBURNDALE – Former Auburndale lawyer Adrian Gabaldon has lost his license to practice for five years for his handling of an elderly client’s estate planning, according to the Florida Bar.


In handing down the disciplinary action, the Florida Supreme Court determined that Gabaldon, 78, can apply for readmission to the Bar in five years.


Gabaldon, who served as Auburndale’s city attorney in the 1990s, has been a lawyer for 49 years, having become a member of the Florida Bar in November 1971.


In its action, the Supreme Court stated Gabaldon allegedly had drafted estate planning documents, including a will, that named him the sole beneficiary to a client’s commercial property and enabled him to take title to the site. The will was then revoked and the title to the property was returned to the client.


In addition, Gabaldon was accused of writing a check from his law office trust account that was returned for insufficient funds while he was in the process of closing his law office and associated bank accounts.


In documents filed with the Florida Supreme Court, Gabaldon stated that he was not contesting the disciplinary action against him, court files show.


Court records show that he’s had no prior disciplinary action in Florida.


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