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Legal Ethics: Terminating Legal Representation

Content Partner:  NBI, Inc (National Business Institute, Inc.)
Price: $189.00*
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One of the simple truths of legal practice is that “the wrong” client is worse than no client. But ending the attorney-client relationship is a very sensitive matter. To avoid any carry-over hard feelings and to forestall any allegations of legal malpractice, use this streamlined legal ethics guide from experienced attorney faculty.

  • Determine whether the attorney-client relationship exists.
  • Recognize signs of a “doomed” attorney-client relationship, and when you must and/or should step down.
  • Learn the proper way to communicate the end of your legal representation.
  • Determine fees and protect confidentiality in unfinished cases.

Who Should Attend?

This legal ethics briefing is designed for attorneys. It will also benefit in-house counsel, law office administrators, and paralegals.

Course Content:

  • Do You Have an Attorney-Client Relationship? When Does an Attorney-Client Relationship Begin?
  • When Must You/Should You Terminate a Representation?
  • How to Ethically Say Goodbye and How to Protect Your Right to Get Paid
  • Reporting a Client for Unlawful Behavior
  • Duty of Confidentiality in Interrupted Attorney-Client Relationships
  • What to Do if You Cannot Reach the Client to Communicate the End of the Relationship

Practice Areas: Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 08/30/2011 4:00 PM EDT
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
Online Format: Live

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Total Credits: 1
Specialty Credits: Ethics 1
Status: Reciprocal Credit Available
Expiration: N/A
Training Type: Online

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David D. Dodge - Member, The State Bar of Arizona; The Ohio, Cincinnati, Maricopa County; American bar associations; The ABA's Center for Professional Responsibility and Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
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