ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court has accepted a voluntary surrender of license from a Lawrenceville attorney who reportedly admitted to accepting payment for services he never rendered.
The state's highest court announced Monday that it had accepted Charles W. Field's petition for a voluntary surrender of license, which is tantamount to disbarment. In his petition, Field, whose office was located on Lawrenceville Highway, "admitted that in 2007 a client retained him to represent her in several matters resulting from her daughter's death."
Those matters included guardianship of the client's grandson and a conservatorship to settle her daughter's estate for her grandson, the court said.
"Field advised the client that she could pay his fee from the estate but failed to tell her that she first needed court permission to encroach on the estate," the court decision said. "Subsequently, the client paid fees in excess of $12,000 to Field, but he failed to perform any work on the guardianship or child support matters."
A court eventually ruled against the client due to her use of estate funds to pay Field, charging her more than $14,500. In 2011, an arbitration program awarded her $11,000, but Field has been "unable to make any payments toward that award," the court said.
Field reportedly has gone through "the death of his wife, the threat of foreclosure on his home, extended hospitalizations, the amputation of both legs and cancer" in recent years. He was first licensed to practice law in 1973.