Bar Rules

Formal Advisory Opinions

Advisory Opinion 5
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 9/20/1968
Client’s Use of Attorney Letterhead

Advisory Opinion 16
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 9/21/1973
Attorneys Holding Public Office

Advisory Opinion 17
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 1/18/1974
Duty of Attorney Representing a Fugitive

Advisory Opinion 19
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 7/18/1975
Paralegal’s Use of Law Firm’s Letterhead

Advisory Opinion 21
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 9/16/1977
Attorney Use of Paralegals

Advisory Opinion 22
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 3/31/1978
Communicating Legal Specialty to Another Lawyer

Advisory Opinion 23
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 5/19/1978
Multi-State Law Firm Within Georgia

Advisory Opinion 26
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 11/2/1980
Statutory Notice of a Bad Check

Advisory Opinion 27
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 11/21/1980
Defending Charges of Professional Misconduct

Advisory Opinion 29
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 11/20/1981
Disputes with Attorneys' Fees Set By Worker's Compensation Board

Advisory Opinion 30
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 11/17/1982
Attorney's Fees Paid By Opposing Party

Advisory Opinion 31
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 11/19/1982
Dual Occupations

Advisory Opinion 35
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 7/15/1983
Payment of Witness Fees

Advisory Opinion 36
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 9/23/1983
Contingent Fees in Divorce Cases

Advisory Opinion 37
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 1/20/1984
Attorney's Fees for Collecting Pip Benefits

Advisory Opinion 38
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 7/20/1984
Law Clerks Preparing Appellate Briefs

Advisory Opinion 39
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 7/20/1984
Waiver of Statutory Attorney Fees

Advisory Opinion 40
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 9/21/1984
Misuse of Subpoenas

Advisory Opinion 41
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 9/24/1984
Client Confidentiality

Advisory Opinion 42
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 11/16/1984
Disclosure of Client's Intent to Commit Suicide

Advisory Opinion 45
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 3/15/1985
Charging Interest on Clients' Overdue Bills

Advisory Opinion 46
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 3/15/1985
Purchase of Optional Pip Coverage

Advisory Opinion 47
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 7/26/1985
Contingency Fees to Collect Alimony or Child Support

Advisory Opinion 48
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 7/26/1985
Expert Witness Consulting Services

Advisory Opinion 49
Issued by the State Disciplinary Board 7/26/1985
Use of Lay Collection Agency

Formal Advisory Opinion 86-2
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 8/23/1989
Part-Time Judge Serving as Criminal Defense Counsel

Formal Advisory Opinion 86-3
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 12/17/1987
County Attorneys Representing Criminal Defendants

Formal Advisory Opinion 86-4
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 12/17/1987
Plaintiff’s Attorney Writing Letter to Defendant

Formal Advisory Opinion 86-5
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 5/12/1989
Delegating the Closing of Real Estate Transactions

Formal Advisory Opinion 86-7
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 12/17/1987
Securing Fees in a Domestic Relations Case

Formal Advisory Opinion 87-1
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 1/11/1989
Filing Lawsuit to Preserve Statute Of Limitations

Formal Advisory Opinion 87-5
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 9/26/1988
Assertion of Attorneys’ Retaining Liens

Formal Advisory Opinion 87-6
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 7/12/1989
Interviewing the Officers and Employees of Opposing Party

Formal Advisory Opinion 88-2
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 11/10/1988
Sharing Fees with Lay Organization/Employer

Formal Advisory Opinion 88-3
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 11/29/1988
Sending Demand Notice to Unrepresented Party

Formal Advisory Opinion 89-2
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 2/9/1989
Attorney/City Council Member Practicing Before City Council-Appointed Judge

Formal Advisory Opinion 91-1
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 9/13/1991
Drafter of Will Serving as Executor

Formal Advisory Opinion 91-2
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 9/20/1991
Advance Fee Payments

Formal Advisory Opinion 93-3
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 9/17/1993
Plea Agreement Conditioned on Waiver of Defense Counsel’s Fee

Formal Advisory Opinion 93-4
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 11/10/1993
Providing Indigent Client with Transcripts

Formal Advisory Opinion 94-1
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 9/9/1994
Lawyer Referral Service Collecting a Percentage of Attorney’s Fee

Formal Advisory Opinion 94-3
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 9/9/1994
Contacting And Interviewing an Organization’s Former Employees

Formal Advisory Opinion 95-1
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 10/4/1995
Participating In a Fee Collection Program

Formal Advisory Opinion 96-1
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 1/25/1996
Return of a Client’s Files

Formal Advisory Opinion 97-2
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 2/13/1997
Practicing In More Than One Law Firm

Formal Advisory Opinion 97-3
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 9/4/1998
Notifying Clients When Departing a Law Firm

Formal Advisory Opinion 98-2
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 6/1/1998
Removing Unclaimed Funds from the Escrow Account

Formal Advisory Opinion 98-3
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 6/1/1998
Lawyers For a Nonprofit Contacting State Officials Directly

Formal Advisory Opinion 98-4
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 10/29/1998
“Of Counsel” Designation

Formal Advisory Opinion 99-2
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 10/18/1999
Role of In-House Counsel for a Real Estate Lending Institution

Formal Advisory Opinion 00-2
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 2/11/2000
Non-Lawyer Correspondence Providing Legal Advice or Threatening Legal Action

Formal Advisory Opinion 00-3
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 2/11/2000
Lawyer Telephonically Participating In Real-Estate Closings

Formal Advisory Opinion 01-1
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 5/3/2001
Charging For a Standard Time Unit

Formal Advisory Opinion 03-1
Issued by the Formal Advisory Opinion Board 9/11/2003
Non-Refundable Special Retainers

Formal Advisory Opinion 03-2
Issued by the Formal Advisory Opinion Board 9/11/2003
Confidentiality of Information Between Two Jointly Represented Clients

Formal Advisory Opinion 03-3
Issued by the Formal Advisory Opinion Board 1/6/2004
Solicitation Agreement

Formal Advisory Opinion 04-1
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 2/13/2006
Use of Non-Iolta Bank Account in Residential Real Estate Closings

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-2
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 4/25/2006
"Hold Harmless" Agreements Between Employers and In-House Counsel

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-3
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 4/26/2006
Part-Time Law Clerk/Attorney Appearing Before Employer/Judge

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-4
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia March 19, 2007
Paying Non-Lawyer Employees a Monthly Bonus

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-5
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 2/13/2007
Obtaining Loan to Cover Client’s Litigation Expenses

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-6
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 5/3/2007
Advertising for Legal Business to Be Referred Out

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-7
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 11/26/2007
Representing an Insurance Company on a Subrogation Claim

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-8
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 4/4/2006
Limiting Lawyer's Liability for Malpractice

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-9
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 4/13/2006
Employment of Temporary Lawyers

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-10
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 4/25/2006
Serving as Local Counsel

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-11
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 9/22/2008
Simultaneously Representing Insurance Company and Insured

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-12
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 7/25/2006
City Council Member’s Inference of Improper Influence

Formal Advisory Opinion 05-13
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 6/21/2007
"Special Counsel" Designation

Formal Advisory Opinion 07-1
Issued by the Formal Advisory Opinion Board 9/5/2007
Disclosing Information to a Third Party to Collect Fees

Formal Advisory Opinion 10-1
Issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia 4/15/2013
Imputed Disqualification for Public Defender Offices

Formal Advisory Opinion 10-2
Approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia 1/9/2012
Guardian Ad Litem

Formal Advisory Opinion 11-1
Issued by the Formal Advisory Opinion Board 4/14/2011
Flat Fixed Fee Contracts

Formal Advisory Opinion 13-2
Issued by the Formal Advisory Opinion Board 10/23/2013
Indemnifying Opposing Party

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