Everyday Ethics for Small Firm Attorneys
- Legal Training Seminar
Your Practical Legal Ethics Compliance Guide
We're bringing ethics down to earth: from esoteric scholarly terms to concrete things all attorneys in small firms can do every day to prevent client conflicts and avert malpractice. Join us for an engaging session where attorney speakers will not only give you a solid knowledge of the rules you must follow, but share their own approaches to writing engagement letters, avoiding conflicts of interest, keeping in touch with clients, and managing an online presence, among many other tips. Stay out of hot water - register today!
- Fee disputes are a #1 cause of professional malpractice claims - learn how to prevent them from the start.
- Handling clients' money is a tremendous responsibility - explore the rules, traps and tips that come with it.
- Learn what you need to do to protect client confidentiality, especially in electronic communications.
- Review common conflict of interest scenarios and get guidance on handling them properly.
- Clarify the limitations on attorney advertising that apply to your online speech.
- Find out how long you have to keep closed files.
- DUTY OF COMPETENCE AND DILIGENCE
8:45 - 9:15, Carol J. Kirkley
- Legal Knowledge and Skill - Maintaining Competence
- Tips for Managing Your Work Load
- Know Your Limitations - Referring Out
- SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION, FEES AND CLIENT FUNDS
9:15 - 9:45, Max E. Kirk
- Engagement Letter (Get it in Writing!)
- Non-Engagement and Dis-Engagement Letters
- Illegal, Prohibited or Excessive Fees and Costs
- Third Party Payer
- Commingling and Unauthorized Use of Client Funds
- Who Gets the Interest on Client Trust Accounts?
- Disputed Ownership of Client Trust Accounts
- Unbundled Representation
- CLIENT COMMUNICATION AND CONFIDENTIALITY
9:45 - 10:15, Max E. Kirk
- Duty to Explain, Apprise, Consult
- Maintaining Confidentiality in Digital Communications
- Exceptions (When Attorney May/Must Disclose)
- Obtaining Waivers
- CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
10:30 - 11:00, Carol J. Kirkley
- WHO is Your Client?
- Business/Corporate Clients
- Estate and Trust
- Insurance Company
- Third Party Paying Fees
- Representation of Current Client(s)
- Former Clients
- Actual vs. Imputed Conflicts
- Prohibited Transactions
- ADVERTISING, ONLINE CONDUCT AND REFERRALS
11:00 - 11:30, Dell A. Richard
- Type of Advertising
- Permitted Statements
- Prohibited Statements
- Law Firm Website Rules
- Attorneys' Use of Social Media: Personal vs. Professional
- Referrals from Attorneys and Non-Attorneys
- FILE RETENTION, FIRM CHANGES AND RELATED ETHICAL ISSUES
11:30 - 12:00, Dell A. Richard
- Whose File is It?
- Retaining Closed Files - Storage and SaaS Issues
- Death and Disability
- Retirement and Sale of Law Practice
- Changing Firms
- Office Sharing (Lawyers; Non-Lawyers)