Category Archives: Ethics

Women Trouble: Lawyer banned from representing female clients, without effect

Lawyers are just, in one sense, business people whose business is law.  For historic or romantic reasons, lawyers and some others treat lawyers as being above business — they are “professionals” with special privileges and obligations (real or imagined).  Whether … Continue reading

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DIY Law: Legal forms patch the legal services gap, and usually work just fine

Legal forms have been around since there have been lawyers.  They save money, especially with hourly fees, and they help avoid common mistakes. Now, more than ever, potential clients are using forms they find online — cheap or free — … Continue reading

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Border Crossing: Texas discourages legal assistance for immigrating minors

Here are two reactions in two different states to the recent flood of young immigrants from Central America who may be seeking asylum or other relief.  (After all the initial panic, the “flood” is apparently subsiding already.)  One state is … Continue reading

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Morally Bankrupt: Lawyer failed to discharge clients’ claim to recover illegal fees

Sometimes, even if you win the litigation battle, you may lose the war if your opponent suddenly has no money — or you can’t find his or her assets.  This is a particular problem when it comes to suing people … Continue reading

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Border Wars: Even with local counsel, out of state lawyer’s fees not paid

To practice law, you need a license issued by a state or territory, including the District of Columbia.  To get the license, you have to be trained (usually in an ABA-approved law school, but not always), then you take a … Continue reading

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Justice Delayed: Bars support attempt to reward 23 year malpractice relief delay

Here’s a story highlighting the gall some lawyers exhibit when they get caught doing something wrong:  In this case, committing apparent malpractice.  The law firm fought the claims for years (after delaying the matter as long as possible to pursue … Continue reading

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Past Due: Lawyers advised not to offer discounts, write-offs, or free initial consultations to avoid problem clients

Clients can learn a lot about where they stand with lawyers and law firms by hearing what they say about them behind their back, but most lawyers don’t put this sort of talk in writing where clients can see it.  … Continue reading

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Survival Guide: Legal headhunter paints sad picture of law firm life

If you know any college or law school students, or anyone else, who’s thinking about becoming a lawyer, you should have them read the excerpts below from a piece by one former lawyer who now makes his living recruiting lawyers … Continue reading

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Charge It: Client’s objection to fees should freeze credit card charges and cash transfers

What can you do if your lawyer’s holding money or property that belongs to you (either you paid in advance or the lawyer collects money for you) but you want to object to some or all of the fees and … Continue reading

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Judges with Grudges: Judge investigated for six year feud against lawyer

The wheels of justice depend on having competent judges — without them, there’s little or no “justice” in the justice system.  To maintain order and respect for the system, it helps if the judges also play the role of judge … Continue reading

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