Substantial ethics issues flow from the moment an attorney-client relationship is formed, whether it is formed intentionally or through inadvertence.
Determining when a relationship commences and the scope of the representation has dramatic implications for issues related to confidentiality, conflicts of interest, the attorney-client privilege and more. Ending an engagement is nearly as complicated. When are you allowed to end an engagement? And how must you go about it without prejudicing a client's interest in a transaction or in litigation?
This program provides a real-world guide the ethical issues of beginning and ending an attorney client relationship.
- Determining when and how a relationship starts – including through inadvertence
- Email and technology issues – how unsolicited communications may trigger ethical obligations
- Joint representation issues – unsorting the confidentiality and privilege issues
- End a relationship – when are you allowed to end an engagement? How do you do it ethically?
- Circumstances when you might be required to end a relationship