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[…]

8 Incredibly Useful Attorney Mental Health Tips

Becoming a lawyer is one of the most stressful professions. Attorney mental health is an important concept. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other mental health concerns can negatively impact a practice. If attorney mental health leads to a bar complaint, the Americans with Disabilities Act won’t protect you. It’s important that you take care[…]

A Strategy for Minimizing the Risk of an Ethics Complaint

An ethics complaint is a serious matter for a lawyer. While an ethics complaint can be filed against you because of your failure to properly research a matter and argue it well, not notifying the court of an issue with your client when appropriate, or other matters that come from the actual practice of law.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Attorney Client Relationship Ethics Rely on This One Concept

If you had to choose one concept that sums up attorney client relationship ethics, what would that word be? Believe it or not, we’ve chosen “common sense.” In fact, even special appearance lawyers who step in when counsel of record isn’t able to appear have the same obligation to uphold attorney client relationship ethics in[…]

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[…]