Minimize the Risk of an Ethics Complaint

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on March 5, 2013. Some ethics complaints stem from the substantive practice of law — failing to research and argue well, failing to notify the court of an authority against your client, or other issues. Many ethics complaints, however, are at heart administrative[…]

The Attorney Client Relationship in California: Calling It Quits

We’ve talked before about the importance of maintaining a good attorney client relationship as well as when you, as a California lawyer, should attempt to repair a damaged relationship. Yet, there’s still an important concept related to the attorney client relationship in California: calling it quits. Can you just decide to stop representing your client?[…]

5 Most Common Problems in the Attorney-Client Relationship

In this post, we’re going to talk about the most common problems in an attorney-client relationship. However, before we begin this discussion, it’s important to first explain why understanding these issues is crucial to your success as a lawyer. There are two separate areas of importance. The first area is keeping clients happy. It’s no[…]

5 Legal Practice Management Insights to Reduce Your Ethics Risk

Legal practice management is an essential tool to reduce your risk of violating ethical safeguards put in place by the bar. As legal tech continues to improve, there are more options for lawyers that help them run a better practice while remaining in compliance. Here are 5 legal practice management insights that will help you[…]

Privilege Waiver: How Does It Affect a State Bar Complaint?

When a state bar complaint is filed against you, how does a privilege waiver affect it? Because the bar investigates the complaints, it’s obvious that at least some of privilege is waived. The real question is: what amount of information is covered by the privilege waiver so that you can defend yourself against the state[…]

5 Practice Management Moves Every Lawyer Should Make

Practice management is an important concept for lawyers. This isn’t just about keeping all your proverbial ducks in a row for your clients and for yourself (although that’s also extremely important). It’s also about protecting your practice from facing a devastating legal ethics investigation. Last week, we discussed what happens when an ethics investigation closes.[…]

Unethical Conduct: Can You Protect Your Clients from Solicitation?

One of the most well-known acts of unethical conduct is solicitation. Solicitation of an individual that is known to have their own attorneys is a serious mistake. Can you protect your clients from this unethical conduct? What should you do about it? Figure Out What Your Client Knows and Understands about Solicitation A client who[…]

Avoiding a Legal Ethics Complaint: Key Considerations Related to the Client File

As a lawyer, you know that when a client requests their file, you must provide it. If you don’t, you could become the subject of a legal ethics complaint. Yet, you must consider what documents and property should be handed over in the client file. Do you know what you must produce? We’ve created this[…]

Law Firm Website: Is Your Disclaimer Doing Its Job?

A law firm website is one prominent way that lawyers reach their target audience without the expense of television and radio ads. Yet, like other forms of attorney advertising, there are rules. A disclaimer is one of the ways that you protect yourself from an ethics complaint. You probably put a lot of time into[…]

Lawyer Blog: Legal Ethics and Client Information

If you have a lawyer blog, you may wonder just how much client information you can use for it without violating legal ethics. Specifically, how much potentially embarrassing client information can you use? Hunter v. Virginia State Bar is a legal ethics case that may very well affect your lawyer blog. Horace Hunter’s Lawyer Blog[…]