Posted May 10, 2012 06:56 pm CDT
A longtime Georgia practitioner has been disbarred for taking clients’ money without performing agreed work and closing his law office without notifying them.
However, an attorney who formerly shared an office with Robert Bach, said he believes the nearly 80-year-old attorney was suffering from age-related forgetfulness rather than simply being, as the state supreme court found, “willful” and “dishonest” in failing to perform work for which he had been paid, the West Cobb Patch reports .
Bach, who was arrested in February 2011 in a 30-count felony theft case for accepting payment in Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases that were never filed, was 78 years old at that time.
His former Powder Springs officemate, Larry White, said Bach did better when he and his wife were able to help him out, but had more problems after he established his own office nearby.
“When I first started out with Bob years ago, he was a very good attorney and was up until probably, I don’t know, five [or] six years ago,” White told the newspaper in 2011. “Things started going downhill. But he was in here with me and my wife, and we helped him out and kept him straight pretty much.”
Another West Cobb Patch article provides further details about the criminal case against Bach.
Justia provides a copy of the Georgia Supreme Court’s brief disbarment order.