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If you’re a lawyer, and the State Bar sends you a letter that’s marked “Confidential”, it may be because a former client or someone has filed a grievance against you. That doesn’t mean you’re guilty. That doesn’t mean your license is going to be suspended. It doesn’t mean you’re going to be in trouble, but it does mean that you should have a lawyer at least talk to you about what the allegations are.

Many lawyers think “Well, I’m a lawyer, I can represent myself in this State Bar preceding.” Well, remembering what Abraham Lincoln said about ”the person who represents themselves has a fool for a client.” –that sounds funny, but it’s not when your Bar — your license is on the line. You should have someone to review your response just to make sure that you’ve answered it completely, and that you’ve given the Bar what they need to dismiss your case if that’s appropriate. What you don’t want to do is respond without having your full file together, or respond in anger, and say something you might regret later on.

I’ve had years of experience representing respondents before the State Bar of Georgia, and I’m more than happy to discuss your case with you. Please feel free to give me a call.

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