Improve Your Work Life Balance for Better Productivity and Less Stress

Becoming more productive is the current ideal standard of business. Do more…and do it faster. Oh, and since you’re productive and efficient, make sure you add more to your plate. Burnout is such a serious issue, that the World Health Organization recently declared that it is, indeed, an “occupational phenomenon.” Burnout is something everyone in[…]

Frequently Asked Questions: Defending a Lawyer from an Ethics Complaint

Defending a lawyer from an ethics complaint is similar to many other areas of law because the exact defenses that should be asserted depend primarily on the facts surrounding the allegation or allegations. With that being said, there are some questions we receive on a regular basis about the process that may be answered at[…]

Lawyer Ethics Complaint: How This Terrible Experience Could Be a Vital Wakeup Call

A lawyer ethics complaint is one of the most feared possibilities. There’s simply no way to guarantee if the bar will ultimately drop the investigation, publicly or privately reprimand you, fine you, suspend you, or disbar you. As a law firm devoted to lawyers in need of ethics defense in California, we obviously talk a[…]

Addressing the Most Common Problems Lawyers Have With Their Clients Before They Happen

Being a lawyer isn’t easy. Sometimes, you know you have an existing problem with a client. Then there are times when you may not know until you’ve been notified that an ethics complaint was filed against you. An ethics complaint is, of course, a serious matter. It’s not just stressful. It has the potential to[…]

Fulfilling Your Ethical Obligations When Leaving a Law Firm

The decision to leave a law firm happens for many reasons. Regardless, lawyers must fulfill ethical obligations when leaving a law firm. In this post, we’re going to examine six ethical obligations often present when a lawyer makes the decision to move on. Ethical Obligations May Be Created by the Employment Agreement If you’re a[…]

Lawyers, Here’s How to Recover from Bar Discipline

Bar discipline is a serious matter. It’s a stressful time. If you don’t know how to recover from bar discipline, the likelihood that you’ll go through the process again in the future is higher. So, how can a lawyer recover from bar discipline and protect themselves from going through the process in the future? Address[…]

Avoiding a Bar Complaint: Proactive Planning for the Most Frequent Attorney Client Problems

Current and former clients file bar complaints for various reasons. As a lawyer, you should proactively plan to handle the most frequent attorney client problems to protect yourself. However, it is important to recognize that this sort of planning is an on-going process. In this post, you’re going to learn about the most frequent attorney[…]

Social Media for Lawyers: Protect Your Reputation and Your Practice

Social media for lawyers can be a slippery slope. You want to get in front of your target audience and engage with them, but you also don’t want to run afoul of the ethical rules in your jurisdiction and put your practice at risk. If you’re looking for up-to-date information for using social media as[…]

Law Students: 5 Things You Need to Know Now to Protect Your Future Law Practice

Law students have a lot to worry about: passing mid-terms and finals, writing competitions, law review journal, preparing for the moral character application, and preparing for the bar. Then, there are on-campus interviews, summer internships, and trying to maintain some semblance of a life. Law school isn’t easy. While there are classes and books that[…]

What Is the Attorney’s Obligation to Return the Client File in California?

If a client no longer wants to use their current attorney’s legal services, what is the attorney’s obligation to return the client file in the State of California? When we examine the ABA’s Model Rule 1.16(d), we learn that an attorney must “surrender papers and property to which the client is entitled.” While there is[…]