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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Why and How to Rectify Broken Client Relationships

At some point, every lawyer will have a disgruntled client.  Maybe their expectations could never be met.  Maybe they simply didn’t understand the process or what could reasonably be anticipated.  Maybe the lawyer failed to communicate or even to perform.  Whatever the reason, eventually, a client is going to be upset. The question becomes, what is[…]