Met with attorney ,discussed case, was given advice on what to do , and how to proceed. Left his office with the feeling that he had Accepted the case . Mailed down payment , the following month I called to make sure all was in order and to verify payment received .
After being placed on hold for a period of time , a young women informed me he decided not to take my case.
Would have been nice to have been told this at time of consultation rather than a month later!
Searched for the phone call they stated was made , and there was no voice message left as they stated, nor did I recognize his office number as having called..
Pleasant at consultation, and gave me no indication that he would not be taking the case.
Still have not received a response as to why this change in decision was made. Retaining fee was not signed but I was not aware of this until I called . Again this was a month later.
If you choose to consult, make sure you have a definitive answer as to whether he will consider your case , or a definite acceptance or refusal . I feel I was left hanging, causing my situation to be worse.
I'm not mad but very disappointed in the way I was informed that he changed his mind.
Let me stress he was nice at consultation and very knowledgeable ( recommendations made).
The way it was handled after the consultation , was unfair and should have been handled differently.
Response from Zane Leiden April 22, 2021
I will certainly take responsibility for the communication failure at our office. Unfortunately we do not have all of the information necessary after the initial consultation to check for conflicts of interest. Previous representation of ex-spouses, family members, business partners and other related parties can create a conflict which prevents a law firm from accepting representation of a prospective client. This rule against accepting new cases which may pose a conflict with a previous/ongoing case is enforced by the State Bar of Georgia, and the maximum penalty for such a violation is disbarment. Lawyers understand that it is frustrating for the potential client, because we are also bound by the duty of confidentiality to protect the identity of the previous client. This means that we cannot identify the previous representation which caused the potential conflict of interest. No law firm wants to lose business, but we also want to make sure that we adhere to the rules and regulations of the State Bar, and that our clients know that their information will be protected after their case has been concluded.