Attorney Disbarred After Faking Divorce Papers

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A Memphis attorney was disbarred last week on a complaint from a woman who remained legally married for six years, though the the attorney had told her she was divorced.

The Tennessee Supreme Court disbarred Timothy Allen Price from the practice of law in the state. Price was already suspended from practicing law and had been in trouble with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (TBPR), the agency that oversees attorneys in the state, since 2010. But a recent complaint earned him the toughest sentence.    

"Mr. Price prepared a fraudulent divorce decree and misrepresented to his client that she was divorced," reads a statement from the TBPR. "She did not learn of the fraud until six years later."

The board suspended price in 2010 after he failed to respond to a disciplinary complaint and that he "poses a threat of substantial harm to the public." He was censured the next year, because in 2009 Price had been paid by a client to get a copy of a client's criminal history but never did it.

He earned another suspension in 2011, after the board followed up a complaint from a client in an immigration case and found that "Price had abandoned his practice." Price has not been reinstated to practice law here since then.


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