Client had a criminal case in Fulton County, GA. Attorney represented him and closed the case successfully. Attorney and client had a signed contract for a $6k retainer. Client paid half up front and was to pay the second half at closing of the case. Attorney emailed client 2 weeks prior to end of case reminding client that retainer balance was due and client promised payment would be forthcoming. Client did not pay and now won't respond to Attorney's communication. Can attorney sue client in Fulton Magistrate Court (and use a private process server in FL to serve notice)? Or must Attorney sue client in Florida court? Client travels to GA and works in GA frequently bc his job has an office in Atlanta.
Generally it is not a good idea to sue a client. A nice letter and patience goes a long way and will build more good will than a lawsuit. Nonetheless, the written contract language will be a controlling factor. If contract was signed in Fulton Cty GA and work performed in Fulton Cty GA then Fulton Mag Crt should have jurisdiction pursuant to the long arm statute with proper service.
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The short answer to your question is yes. Pay your attorney as you agreed to do is the best resolution to this issue.
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