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People Unhappy About Lawyer Ads

Margit Annas is one of the many people that are unhappy with the ads being used by lawyers. Margit Annas is one of the many people that are unhappy with the ads being used by lawyers.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - "That's why a lot of people don't like lawyers, just because of this, it's just sick," said Margit Annas who is one of the many people that are unhappy with the ads being used by lawyers with words like sugar plant explosion in the headlines.

"It hasn't been a week and their running advertisements to sue," she said.

Even local lawyers are upset.

"They're bad," said Savannah attorney Mark Tate. "They are out of state lawyers jumping into Savannah and they don't understand the nature of what goes on here."

He says you can hire out of state lawyers but they won't be able to do much except place a questionable ad and take your money.

"No, the out of state lawyers cannot come into Georgia and practice without being admitted," he said.

"The full page ad implies this person is a member of litigation groups, which he absolutely is not." said Richard Middleton. Middleton used to be president of the same litigation group these lawyers claim to be members of. The Georgia state bar is now investigating the ad to see if it broke the law but Middleton warns people to do their homework before hiring a lawyer.

"Let me tell you something, these two firms from Texas, one says it's a specialist in automobiles, the other trucking cases, neither could be further from an explosion case," said Middleton.

"The ability to purchase an ad is not reflective of the ability to handle a case," said Tate.

Tate thinks victims shouldn't wait to seek legal counsel. He says the sugar plant and subcontractors probably have their defenses ready.

"People who are killed or hurt out there should be planning to figure out what to do if someone else is held responsible for the situation they find themselves in," he said.

But he's not sure these out of town lawyer ads will drum up much business.

"This kind of advertising is particularly questionable because it's focusing at an inappropriate time, the message may be correct, but it's not the right time for it," he said.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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