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Client requests their file, now what?

Whether a client is changing counsel, had a change of heart about pursuing their case, or any other reason, there’s a clear set of guidelines that lawyers must follow in order to avoid a [...]

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Limiting your liability for malpractice claims in correspondence

Lawyers are fond of limiting their own liability. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Consider the following scenario. Lawyer sends a cover letter to Client at the end of the case. It says, [...]

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A lawyer’s duty of communication under Rule 1.4

At a recent seminar, Douglas Chandler asked if any of the attendees knew that Rule 1.4 of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct had been amended in the last several years. Most attendees were [...]

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Law office staff and the Unauthorized Practice of Law – Part 1

The issue of the unauthorized practice of law (“UPL”) comes up in certification for fitness in applications to the Georgia Bar, in legal malpractice cases, and in state bar [...]

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Is a referring lawyer liable for another lawyer’s malpractice? Maybe!

Under the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, there’s nothing ethically wrong with a lawyer referring a case to another lawyer. It’s common to see referrals by a personal injury [...]