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Conflicts: interests, relationships, and ethics

Relationships between lawyers and clients are governed by the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. Lawyers must always be wary of conflicts—knowing when and where they appear, and how to [...]

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Fiduciary duties: breach and damages

Lawyers owe fiduciary duties to their clients on top of their legal duties. These duties are (1) complete candor or honesty with the client (and others, where required!); (2) the utmost loyalty [...]

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Retention policies and maintaining client files

Retention policies and maintaining client files is one of the more common questions that local Bar association members ask during Chandler & Moore Law’s Legal Ethics and Professional [...]

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Choosing the right counsel

Lawyers have an ethical obligation to their clients to provide advice in the client’s best interests. This is codified, in part, in Rule 2.1 of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. [...]

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Why did my divorce cost so much?

Malpractice cases hinge upon the lawyer doing something incorrectly, or failing to do something that they should have done, and a resulting damage that flowed from that negligent act. We get [...]

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Stress, depression, and mental health concerns for lawyers

Stress inherent in the legal profession is difficult to deal with for all lawyers. With Chandler & Moore Law’s focus on professional liability and State Bar ethics and disciplinary [...]

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Managing non-lawyer employees

Managing non-lawyer employees is a critical task that lawyers often overlook. Unfortunately, overlooking such a critical task leads to malpractice complaints and Bar grievances all too often. [...]

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Ethical billing practices

Billing is a task most lawyers hate, but it’s the way that we all get paid. The Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct require that attorney’s fees—money earned by lawyers—to be [...]

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Ending representation ethically and safely

Representation—the attorney-client relationship, which includes fiduciary duties—can be started or stopped at any time. Indeed, a client has an unqualified right to fire a lawyer whenever they [...]

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The dangers of multiple representation

Multiple representation is a common situation for lawyers. Often, small business owners have a lawyer that they trust and like working with. Over time, as that relationship grows, the owners or [...]