Billing to Avoid Ethics Complaints

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 30, 2013. When it comes to ethics complaints, nothing stirs the pot with a disgruntled client like a bill they believe is too high — and if they’re already unhappy, they are bound to think your bill is unreasonable. The trouble[…]

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 Reasons You Shouldn’t Represent Yourself During Attorney Discipline

Attorney discipline is a serious matter. Even relatively minor sanctions can have far reaching consequences that you may not have expected. Many lawyers decide to represent themselves for one reason: the cost associated with hiring a legal ethics defense lawyer. However, before you decide to represent yourself, you should consider the following 5 reasons you[…]

Answered: The Most Asked Questions about Legal Ethics Sanctions

Being subjected to legal sanctions after a disciplinary hearing doesn’t mean that the situation has come to a close. It creates more questions. Here are the answers to the most asked questions about legal ethics sanctions. Do I Have to Report the Legal Sanctions? Yes. You must report the sanctions in any jurisdiction in which[…]

Legal Ethics Issues: Career Recovery After Bar Discipline

One of the most common legal ethics issues is how a lawyer can recover their career after bar discipline. Bar discipline isn’t just a slap on the wrist and then you go on your merry way. It can have long-reaching consequences. Lawyers often end up facing the legal ethics committee more than once. Is it[…]

Lawyer Suspension: How Will It Actually Affect You?

Lawyer suspension is one of the most common punishments in attorney disciplinary proceedings. Yet, how will it actually affect you? Here’s what you need to know. You Don’t Just Walk Away from Everything During Lawyer Suspension If you’re suspended by the state bar, you don’t just stop everything. There are certain things that you must[…]

Facing Disbarment in California? Tips from Statebarplaybook.com

Disbarment is the most serious consequence of a legal ethics investigation. If you’re facing disbarment in California, you should visit the State Bar Playbook website to access an interactive guide that walks you through the process from the investigative stage all the way through the appeals process. You’ll also find examples of responses, court filings,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Fitness to Practice Law Being Questioned After You Relocate? Read These 5 Suggestions

Earlier this week, we shared information with you on ethical relocation as a lawyer. Even with the best intentions, mistakes are sometimes made. If you neglect something that the is required by the state bar in your new jurisdiction, you could receive a letter questioning your fitness to practice law. Getting that letter is a[…]