March 23, 2017

ON-CALL ETHICS CONSULTING

ON-CALL ETHICS CONSULTING

Daily practice of law is full of ethical questions, many of which you are likely answering for yourself without even thinking.

  • “Do I need to send a copy of this letter to the court to opposing counsel?”
  • “Do I need to tell my client today (and not tomorrow) that we received an offer of settlement?”
  • “How do I handle having two court matters scheduled at the same time?”
  • “Does this check go into my trust or operating account?”

However, sometimes the ethics issues stump even the most adept lawyers. What then?

I offer a monthly service that gives you access to your personal on-call ethics lawyer. The terms are simple.

  • My monthly subscription fee is $450 (standard) or $750 (premium).
  • The difference in pricing levels is how much time you receive. My standard subscription gives you two hours of access per month; the premium plan is unlimited.
  • Questions are answered via email or phone within 12 hours (usually much less).
  • Questions are limited to discrete ethics issues and may not be the primary subject of an ongoing litigation or disciplinary matter. (For these matters, representation is appropriate.)
  • If your question relates to an adverse party or pending court case, I run a conflicts check.

Examples of when this service has proven useful for actual clients:

  • Adverse party had left valuable personal property in lawyer’s office and refused to retrieve it, demanding instead a specific (and costly) form of delivery of the property. I advised on lawyer’s proper handling of the property.
  • Opposing counsel demanded lawsuit be dismissed due to purported evidence destroying facts underlying the case. Lawyer sought my advice on ethical issues of continuing the litigation while questioning authenticity of the evidence.
  • In extremely contentious litigation, attorney and opposing counsel had repeated run-ins, including unending allegations of ethical misconduct by my client. I advised my client on an ongoing basis as each allegation was made and as situations arose which would likely lead to additional allegations.

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