Blog July 25, 2014

What Are a Client’s Responsibilities?

What are a client’s responsibilities, if any, with respect to her lawyer?  In other words, what is your role as a client? Just like you reasonably expect certain things of your lawyer, your lawyer has the right to expect certain things of you, as a client. According to, your role as client means that […]

Blog July 24, 2014

What Are a Lawyer’s Responsibilities?

According to the State Bar of Georgia, a lawyer’s responsibilities are as follows: [1] A lawyer is a representative of clients, an officer of the legal system and a citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice. [2] As a representative of clients, a lawyer performs various functions. As advisor, a lawyer provides a […]

Blog July 23, 2014

How Do Attorneys Get Paid?

Attorneys get paid in a variety of ways, depending on the particular circumstances of the legal matter.  For example, suppose Sally Doe was arrested and charged with forgery and obstruction of law enforcement.  Sally visits a lawyer and explains her predicament.  The lawyer tells Sally that she will represent her for a “flat fee,” or […]

Blog July 3, 2014

How to Talk to a Lawyer

How to Talk to a Lawyer If you’re not a lawyer, it’s not easy to talk to lawyers.  Even if you are a lawyer, it can be hard to talk to other lawyers.  Lawyers use strange words like res ipsa loquitur and caveat emptor and habeas corpus, words that non-lawyers rarely, if ever, use or […]

Blog May 28, 2014

What Are the Consequences of a Criminal Conviction?

Have you ever wondered about the consequences of a criminal conviction?  Not just the usual fine, community service, probation, or jail time, but what about other, collateral consequences, things like license suspensions, professional disqualifications, firearm restrictions, and the like. Recently, several governmental agencies conducted the necessary research and compiled a list of such collateral consequences. […]

Blog May 8, 2014

How Does the Criminal Justice System Work?

“Knowledge is power” – Proverbs 24:5 Successful navigation of the criminal justice system requires knowledge, not just of the substantive law, but of the laws governing procedure.  It is not enough to know the elements of the crime.  One must know the process, as well. The criminal justice system is a complex framework of interconnected procedures […]

Blog April 30, 2014

What Does A Lawyer Do?

I was in my late 20’s before I acknowledged that the law was my true calling.  Up to that point in my life, my only experience dealing with a real lawyer in a real law office came during my tenure as a procurement forester, when my loggers had inadvertently crossed a property line and cut […]

Blog April 28, 2014

What Does the Attorney’s Fee Cover?

Many clients ask, “When I pay the attorney’s fee, what can I expect in return?” An attorney’s fee is the compensation paid to an attorney for his or her legal services. What are “legal services?” Legal services are the professional services rendered during the course of representation, including time spent on research, investigation, telephone calls, […]

Blog April 22, 2014

What Is Arraignment?

Arraignment is the term for a formal court proceeding during which a defendant is notified of the charges against her and asked to enter a plea of  “guilty” or “not guilty,” or, in some circumstances “nolo contendere” or “not guilty by reason of insanity.”  For example, if you were stopped and issued a traffic ticket, or […]

Blog November 10, 2013

“My Adult Child Is In Jail! How Do I Get Her Out?”

This blog post is for the parents whose adult child has been arrested and charged with one or more crimes and don’t know what to do or where to turn. “Stuff” happens.  And, when “stuff” happens, the call usually goes something like this: “Mr. Marsh, I just found out that my son/daughter is in jail. […]