Brotherton v. Stone, 14722.

CourtSupreme Court of Georgia
Writing for the CourtJENKINS, Presiding Justice.
Citation28 S.E.2d 467,197 Ga. 74
PartiesBROTHERTON v. STONE et al.
Docket Number14722.
Decision Date30 November 1943

28 S.E.2d 467

197 Ga. 74

STONE et al.

No. 14722.

Supreme Court of Georgia

November 30, 1943

Rehearing Denied Dec. 13, 1943.

Where money was obtained for a client and was held in escrow for him and attorneys, fact that between time of rule nisi and hearing, a notice was filed with clerk of court, signed by all attorneys in original suit, directing clerk to dismiss such suit as settled, did not deprive court of its jurisdiction to determine reasonable attorneys' fees. Code, § 9-613, subds. 1-3, 5.

The owners of a note secured by a deed sued the executor of the will of the deceased promisor for an alleged balance due of $5,899.86. Two attorneys, employed by the defendant, filed for him an answer in the nature of a cross-bill, in which they not only asked for a recovery of $2,000 upon the defendant's conveyance to the plaintiffs of certain real estate, but prayed for affirmative equitable relief by cancellation of a deed and note and by specific performance of a contract.

After several weeks of negotiation and approval of title by a title insurance company, an agreement of settlement was made, under which the plaintiffs' claim against the defendant was settled, and a net amount of $1,935 was paid into the hands of the title company for the benefit of the defendant. Upon failure to pay [197 Ga. 76] their fee, the attorneys for the defendant filed in the same superior court equity suit a petition, which set forth the above facts, their legal services in the case; that $100 as a retainer had been paid on their fee; and that 'the [defendant] executor claims the court should name a reasonable sum to be paid said attorneys, to which the petitioners agreed, and therefore present this petition.'

At the hearing on the rule nisi, granted on the filing of the attorneys' petition, the court denied a motion to dismiss on the ground that 'it appears upon the face of the petition and the record' that the petitioners are not entitled to relief; and [28 S.E.2d 468] allowed a fee of $750 addition to the $100 retainer, with a lien on the fund of $1,935 for the fee allowed. A written notice to the clerk, signed by all counsel in the main original equity case, directing the clerk to mark such case as 'settled and dismissed,' was filed before the hearing on the rule nisi, but after the order granting the rule nisi and setting the matter down for hearing.

As the bill of exceptions recites, it appeared without dispute at the hearing that the $1,935 'was being held in escrow by [the title company] for said defendant and said attorneys as their rights and interests might appear'; that court costs had been paid out of said fund; that said 'attorneys admitted in said hearing that there had been an express contract * * * fixing their fees at $750 in the premises, but the defendant denied the contract following the settlement, and that it was thereupon agreed between the parties that reasonable attorneys' fees should be fixed by the court'; that 'plaintiff in error does not hereby except upon any ground of insufficiency of evidence to sustain the value of the attorneys' fees adjudged by the court, and the admissions herein set out (in the foregoing paragraph) having bearing merely upon the question of...

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  • Carragher v. Potts, A09A1523.
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
    • November 3, 2009
    ...& Koenig v. Word of God Ministries, 234 Ga.App. 263, 264, 506 S.E.2d 427 (1998) (hereinafter "Smith""). See also Brotherton v. Stone, 197 Ga. 74, 75(3), 28 S.E.2d 467 (1943); Middleton v. Westmoreland, 164 Ga. 324, 329(1), 138 S.E. 852 (1927). An attorney's lien on real property recovered b......
  • Ramsey v. Sumner, s. A93A2290
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
    • December 1, 1993 virtue of an award, or in any other way, so long as they are the result of his exertions.' " (Citations omitted.) Brotherton v. Stone, 197 Ga. 74(3), 28 S.E.2d 467. We find that the $15,000 settlement here at issue, at a minimum, constituted an award and also, that the obtained "settleme......
  • Br0therton v. Stone, 14722.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of Georgia
    • November 30, 1943
    ...28 S.E.2d 467BR0THERTON.v.STONE et al.No. 14722.Supreme Court of Georgia.Nov. 30, 1943.[28 S.E.2d 467] Rehearing Denied Dee. 13, 1943. Error from Superior Court, Fulton County; A. L. Etheridge, Judge. Ancillary petition by Noah J. Stone and another against W. H. Brotherton, executor, to hav......
  • John J. Woodside Co. v. Irwin, 32393.
    • United States
    • United States Court of Appeals (Georgia)
    • April 13, 1949 the same effect see Wooten v. Denmark, 85 Ga. 578, 11 S.E. 861; Barge v. Ownby, 170 Ga. 440, 443, 153 S.E. 49; Brotherton v. Stone, 197 Ga. 74(2, 3), 28 S.E.2d 467. 2. The case was tried before a judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County, without the intervention of a jury, who found ......
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