July 11, 2011
Pool Table No Substitute For Cash
The Georgia Supreme Court has imposed a reprimand for fee violations during the course of a domestic relations matter. The attorney represented the client from 2001 to 2006 at an hourly rate of $225.
A fee dispute arose after trial. The client wanted to give the attorney a pool table in lieu of some fees, but the attorney wanted something else of a green nature.
The client filed a complaint with the State Bar. In a response, the attorney admitted that the client had not been fully credited for payments. In a supplemental response, the attorney created a document in an attempt to end the dispute. The attorney admitted that she had done so, out of "fury" and with poor judgment. (Mike Frisch)
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