Been tied up with trial, so short post this week. We won, by the way.
Is it permissible for an attorney to charge interest on unpaid attorneys?
According to Ga. Advisory Op. 45 (1985), the answer is yes, even without a prior agreement, under certain conditions. Specifically, an attorney can “unilaterally charge interest without a prior specific agreement with a client if notice is given to the client in advance that interest will be charged on fee bills which become delinquent after a stated period of time, but not less than 30 days.”
In such a scenario, notice should be provided on the bill when it is sent, and the “notice be conspicuous and printed in type size no smaller than the largest type size used in the body of the bill.” The notice must also “specify the amount of interest to be charged and the period of time after which it will be imposed.”