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Justices permanently disbar Columbus lawyer for misconduct

Justices permanently disbar Columbus lawyer for misconduct

A Columbus lawyer was permanently disbarred by the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday for using his client trust account to launder more than $700,000 taken from the assets of his elderly mother.

The justices voted 4-3 to revoke the law license of Kinsley Nyce, who also was found to have failed to notify clients that he lacked legal malpractice insurance.

Justices Judith French, Sharon Kennedy and William M. O’Neill dissented, saying they would have indefinitely suspended Nyce’s license.

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct found recommended permanent disbarment after hearing the case filed by the Columbus Bar Association. The board found Nyce concocted “a complete sham … in a vain effort to sanitize and legitimize his improper use” of his trust account to handle his mother’s assets prior to her death.

The charges against Nyce, 65, accused him and his brother of improperly using his office trust account and the dormant bank account of an estate to disperse money taken from their mother after they gained the power of attorney over her affairs.

Barbara Nyce had more than $700,000 in assets prior to entering the first of two Vermont nursing homes in 2013, but owed the facilities about $205,000 by the time she […]

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