A Written Agreement Is Necessary To Establish A Client RelationshipDuty Owed to a Client vs. a Customer
These facts are an actual Georgia case decided in 2022, Starks v. Carver, 360 Ga. App. 366, 861 S.E.2d 193 (2021). The Georgia Court of Appeals found the following:
According to Seth Weissman, General Counsel of Georgia Association of Realtors, this case helps answer the question many brokers have asked about whether a broker can be found to be a de facto client of a party through the broker’s actions, even when there is no written agreement establishing a client relationship. The answer to that question, based on this decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals, appears to be no.
Source: Georgia REALTOR® Magazine. Judicial Update 2022 Seth Weissman, author.
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