A lawyer shall maintain in confidence all information gained in the professional relationship with a client, including information which the client has requested to be held inviolate or the disclosure of which would be embarrassing or would likely be detrimental to the client, unless the client gives informed consent, except for disclosures that are impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation, or are required by these Rules or other law, or by order of the Court. The penalty for not doing so is disbarment. 4.
Under what circumstances should a lawyer terminate his representation of a client? The representation will result in violation of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct or other law; The lawyer’s physical or mental condition materially impairs the lawyer’s ability to represent the client; or the lawyer is discharged. 5. What does it mean for a lawyer to act as an advisor? As advisor, a lawyer provides a client with an informed understanding of the client’s legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. 6.
How shall a lawyer act to opposing counsel and his or her party in court? What is the maximum penalty for violating this rule? A lawyer shall be courteous, civil and act in good faith. Maximum penalty is reprimand. 7. Can a lawyer act as both advocate and witness in the same trial? No 8. Should a lawyer communicate with another party whom the lawyer knows is represented by counsel? Not unless approached by other lawyer or court ordered to do so 9. What are the duties off partner in a law firm? (a) A law firm partner as defined in Rule 1. 1), and a lawyer who individually or together with other lawyers possesses comparable managerial authority in a law firm, shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the firm has in effect measures giving reasonable assurance that all lawyers in the firm conform to the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. Business Law Code of Conduct By muskmelon reasonable efforts to ensure that the other lawyer conforms to the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. (c) A lawyer shall be responsible for another lawyer’s violation of the Georgia Rules of
Professional Conduct if: (1) the lawyer orders or, with knowledge of the specific conduct, ratifies the conduct involved; or (2) the lawyer is a partner or has comparable managerial authority in the law firm in which the other lawyer practices or has direct supervisory authority over the other lawyer, and knows of the conduct at a time when its consequences can be avoided or mitigated but fails to take reasonable remedial action. 10. How many hours of voluntary service should a lawyer aspire to during a calendar year? 50 hours