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[…]

California Moral Character Application Process: What Happens If an Applicant Is Flagged?

It’s that time of year again for law students: time to complete their California moral character application. Generally, the California moral character application process takes around six months. That means most law students will complete the process around the time that July bar exam results are released. Yet, if an applicant is flagged, the process[…]

Update: State Bar of California Fingerprinting Requirement

California Rule of Court Rule 9.9.5 states that all active California lawyers must be refingerprinted by the State Bar of California no later than April 30, 2019. Failure to do so may result in changing your status to involuntarily inactive. Currently, the State Bar of California fingerprinting requirement is in stage two of six. Stage[…]

How to Properly Respond to a California State Bar Complaint

Being on the receiving end of a California State Bar complaint is angering, scary, and intimidating. Yet, as a lawyer, it’s important that you know hot to properly respond. Failure to use a proper response can make defending the allegations made against you even more difficult. In this post, you’re going to learn about how[…]

Starting 2019 Off on the Right Foot: Attorney Flat Fee Agreements in California

If you’re looking for a simple way to start 2019 off on the right foot, look no further than attorney flat fee agreements in California! As of November 1, 2018, the California ethics rules changed how flat fee agreements are treated. In this post, you’ll learn about the changes to attorney flat fee agreements in[…]

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[…]

Can Kindness Help with Managing Legal and Ethical Risks for Lawyers?

Is it possible that being kind can help lawyers with managing their legal and ethical risks? Yes! One of the main reasons why clients file a bar complaint is because they feel as if they aren’t being truly heard by their lawyer. They also may file a bar complaint because they feel as if the[…]

Our Top 10 Posts of 2018

Here at Zavieh Law, we had a fantastic 2018. We hope you did, too! As we’re dipping our toes into 2019, we thought we’d provide you with our top 10 posts of 2018. These posts are some you definitely do NOT want to miss! Get Admitted to the Bar Despite Your Past Our number one[…]

Legal Malpractice: Helping Your Family Cope with the Fallout Caused by a Bar Complaint

An allegation of legal malpractice is extremely stressful for lawyers. It’s also a terrifying experience for family. In this post, we’ll look at some of the family experiences that arise from an allegation of legal malpractice and what lawyers can do to help their loved ones deal with the stress. This post excerpts some of[…]