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[…]

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.[…]

How to Guide: Records Retention Policy Creation for Lawyers

It’s no secret that being a lawyer generates a lot of paperwork. Although there are some great online options available for storing documents (and even sharing them with clients), that doesn’t mean that it’s possible for every law office in the United States to become paperless. Many courts still require physical copies for filing as[…]

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[…]

Yes, Even Small Matters Need a Signed Retainer Agreement

Retainer agreements are a common part of law firm life, particularly when the matters at hand can take a significant length of time. Yet, retainer agreements are extremely important in small matters, too. If you’re not using one for small or simple matters, you could find yourself in an extremely time consuming (and often expensive)[…]

How Intimidation Affects Your Law Practice Management Plan

Your to-do list just keeps growing. It seems like there’s never enough time in a day for you to get things done. And because you don’t feel like you’re getting enough done, you’re beginning to feel intimidated. Did you know that intimidation affects your law practice management plan? It’s true. Your law practice management plan[…]

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.[…]

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[…]