Tech Innovation Must Shape Legal Practice, ABA Futures Comm’n Chair Says

By | The Law for Lawyers Today | April 28, 2017
Road Sign with THE FUTURE and SkyWhat is the future of legal services in the U.S.?  How should the enormous unmet need for services — to the middle class and to the poor — be met?  Judy Perry Martinez, the Chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, was in Cleveland last week, and discussed the Commission’s 100+ page report and some of its controversial recommendations.  View Full Post
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What if? Ohio Board Issues Succession-planning Guide for Lawyers

By | The Law for Lawyers Today | April 20, 2017
What if you suddenly became disabled and couldn’t handle your law practice?  Or, if you were to die, who would deal with your pending matters?  Who has the password for your computer?  Who knows where you bank? The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct last week published an ethics guide titled “Succession Planning” that addresses these issues, and it’s worthwhile reading if you practice on your own or in a small firm, in any jurisdiction. View Full Post
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Client Choice, Communication Are “paramount” When Firm Dissolves, Says D.C. Ethics Opinion

By | The Law for Lawyers Today | March 23, 2017
Dissolving a law firm is a process, not an event, the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee said in a new opinion released earlier this month, and some ethical obligations continue even after dissolution.  “The paramount” principle, said the committee, is to “continue to competently, zealously and diligently represent and communicate with the clients during the dissolution process.” View Full Post
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NY High Court Enforces Fee-sharing Agreement, Although Client Didn’t Consent

By | The Law for Lawyers Today | March 9, 2017
Money SliceFollowing an $8 million settlement in a personal injury suit, the New York Court of Appeals held that a fee-sharing agreement between two lawyers was enforceable, even though it violated ethics requirements.  The court said that counsel’s failure to inform her client and obtain consent to the fee split was a “serious ethical violation,” but it did not allow her to sidestep the otherwise-enforceable contract.  View Full Post
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Cautionary Tales, Ethical Woe: Don’t Let These Happen to You

By | The Law for Lawyers Today | March 2, 2017
Caution text and sign.There should be a word that’s the opposite of “schadenfreude” — you know, that evocative German term that means “secret pleasure at another’s misfortune.”  Maybe there is such a word, but the one I’m searching for would convey the sense of “Please, let me not fall into the same error” as some other person did, because under the right (or wrong) circumstances we can all make ethical mistakes.  View Full Post
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