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Ethics Webinar Aug 24 – And I Give Discounts

Speaker Ben Cowgill

Your Attorney Defender host Kim M. Jackson and Kentucky attorney Benjamin Cowgill will speak on August 24, 2010 at 1:00pm EDT at a live 90 minute webinar hosted by Stafford Publishing. The subject is the ethical duties surrounding the termination of the attorney-client relationship. Here is a promotional piece provided by Strafford:

I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking in an upcoming live web seminar entitled “Ending the Attorney-Client Relationship: Ethical and Fiduciary Duties” scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT.

What lawyer has not had a difficult client they wanted to fire? When terminating the client relationship is clearly the only choice, an attorney and the firm face an uncomfortable situation fraught with professional concerns as well as legal and ethical risks.

Whether dealing with an uncooperative or unethical client or one who refuses to pay fees, the difficult client is also more likely to respond by filing a disciplinary grievance or malpractice charge. Thus, careful adherence to ethical rules of conduct and other practical considerations are critically important to minimize ethics violations and malpractice risks.

Speaker Kim M. Jackson

My fellow panelists and I developed this seminar to provide attorneys and firms with a clear overview of the ethical considerations in terminating a client relationship, whether during litigation or non-litigation matters. We will outline post-termination obligations and best practices for smoothly concluding the attorney-client relationship.

We will offer our perspectives and guidance on these and other critical questions:

What ethical rules govern specific triggering events for terminating the relationship — and when do attorneys have discretion to fire the client?

What should the termination notice to the client say and how much advanced notice should be provided to the client?

What are the attorney’s continuing fiduciary duties to a client post-termination?

What proactive steps can attorneys take to identify problematic clients from the outset?

After our presentations, we will engage in a live question and answer session with participants — so we can answer your questions about these important issues directly.

I hope you’ll join us.

This is a convenient and easy way to get 1.5 ethics or professionalism hours. Plus, if you e-mail me, I can get you 50% off the cost.  Let me know if you wish to take advantage of this program and get some needed ethics hour (and a half) without leaving your own office.

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