Taking steps to create a succession plan is an essential step in ensuring that clients' interests are protected when lawyers are unable to continue practicing law. It could be voluntary life events such as a job transition, or retirement; or involuntary situations like a lawyer’s illness, disability or untimely death. Under any circumstances, clients' interests must be protected, as well as those of the lawyer. As a courtesy of the State Bar of Georgia, the Law Practice Management Program (LPM) has provided closing law office guides which outline the steps a lawyer must take to protect his or her clients in the event of a sudden inability to continue in practice. These guides* can also help attorneys establish an advance exit plan to invoke in the event of disability, retirement or death.
Are you closing an office due to retirement, a job transition, personal leave or selling a practice? Visit this page for more information and resources to assist you with the process.
Are you closing an office due to attorney absense (caused by an attorney's death, disability or practice abandonment), suspension from practice or disbarment? Visit this page for information and resources that speak to the specifc nature of an involuntary closing.
Come get to know your member benefit! LPM is a member service that helps all Georgia lawyers and their employees put together the pieces of the office management puzzle. Visit the Law Practice Management Program page if you need advice or would like to check out materials from the practice management resource library on various firm management subjects. If you have questions about the program, call 404-527-8772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Because every law practice is different, you may have questions not covered in the guides. Please call the staff of the LPM Program at 404-527-8772 for additional information on any other subjects of concern or email email@example.com.