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It is not uncommon for lawyers to seek to limit the scope of a representation for a variety of reasons. These might include a lack of knowledge or experience in a practice area, the need for particular expertise, or the lawyer’s or client’s limited resources. California Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2, Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority, went into effect on November 1, 2018. Read more
May lawyers accept and keep a client retainer payment even if no legal services are ever provided to the client? May they accept flat fees for legal services paid in advance, before any legal services are provided? If so, must the flat fee be deposited into a client trust account, or may it go directly into the lawyer’s operating account? Read more
California reportedly is home to the largest marijuana industry in the world, with nearly $3 billion in sales in 2019, according to market researchers. The state legalized medical cannabis in 1996, and then, in 2016, voters passed Proposition 64 and legalized recreational cannabis. Lawyers have been involved with the industry since the beginning, a practice area that only continues to grow. Read more
In July of 2018, after receiving a report on the legal market landscape, the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California convened a task force to review issues of access to legal services through innovation (ATILS). After more than a year of study, consultation, public input and debate, the ATILS Task Force presented its Final Report and Recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Read more
A comprehensive set of new Rules of Professional Conduct was approved by the California Supreme Court and went into effect on November 1, 2018. The new rules can be found on the State Bar’s website under Current Rules of Professional Conduct. Read more
By Neil J Wertlieb Neil J Wertlieb is an experienced transactional lawyer, educator and ethicist, who provides expert witness services in disputes involving business transactions and corporate governance, and in cases involving attorney malpractice and attorney ethics. He is a Founding Member and Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association Ethics Committee. The views expressed herein are his own. For additional information, please visit www.WertliebLaw.com. Lawyers must be able to identify who is, and who is not, their client in order… Read more

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