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Legal Ethics: Top Mistakes that Lead to Malpractice

Program Description

Legal ethics is compliance-driven, but this engaging course goes beyond rules overview to talk about the worst-case scenario situations, when simple mistakes cost an attorney his/her license. Fulfill your continuing education requirement and learn how to protect your practice with insightful guidance from experienced attorney faculty. Find out how simple everyday practices can be improved to prevent client dissatisfaction and forestall malpractice. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Administrative Errors
  2. Key Substantive and Procedural Errors
  3. Client Communication Errors
  4. Other Ethics Dangers
  5. What to do if You Think You Might be in Trouble

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Administrative Errors
    8:45 - 9:15 and 1:00 - 1:30, Christopher D. Hawkins and Richard C. Nelson
    1. Failure to Calendar Properly and to React to Calendar
    2. Mistakes in Preparation and Filing of Documents (with Deadlines and Without)
    3. Lost Files and Document Evidence
  2. Key Substantive and Procedural Errors
    9:15 - 9:45 and 1:30 - 2:00, Christopher D. Hawkins and Richard C. Nelson
    1. Failure to Know, Interpret and Apply the Law
    2. Strategic Challenges
    3. Inadequate Discovery of Facts, Investigation (In and Outside of Litigation)
    4. Conflict of Interest
    5. Failure to Understand or Anticipate Tax
    6. Public Record Search Errors
    7. Mishandling Court Appearances
  3. Client Communication Errors
    9:45 - 10:15 and 2:00 - 2:30, Christopher D. Hawkins and Richard C. Nelson
    1. Mistakes Stemming from Improper/Unclear Legal Advertising
    2. Starting a Lawyer-Client Relationship Carelessly/Accidentally
    3. Fee Agreements
    4. Failure to Obtain Client Consent and/or Follow Client Instruction
    5. Withdrawal of Representation
  4. Other Ethics Dangers
    10:30 - 11:15 and 2:45 - 3:30, Christopher D. Hawkins and Richard C. Nelson
    1. Malicious Prosecution, Fraud, Libel or Slander
    2. Responsibility for On-Line Postings
    3. Going into Business with a Client
    4. Switching Firms
    5. Email
    6. Mismanagement of Client Funds
  5. What to do if You Think You Might be in Trouble
    11:15 - 12:00 and 3:30 - 4:15, Christopher D. Hawkins and Richard C. Nelson
    1. Getting Clarification
    2. Applicable Standards
    3. Reacting to Potential Claims
    4. Elements of Legal Malpractice Cause of Action
    5. Internal Ethics Investigations

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