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How to Fire a Client: Terminating Attorney Client Relationships

March 14

How to remain professional, stay in compliance, and prevent pitfalls when terminating a relationship with a client.

Chances are that you've experienced an attorney-client relationship that either makes you uncomfortable, makes you scream, or makes you wish you'd never taken the case. Attorneys often face situations where they need (or want) to terminate a client relationship for one reason or another. These reasons may range from conflicts of interest, unlawful behavior, inability to fulfill obligations (by either client or attorney), or fundamental disagreements. When is withdrawal from a case required? When is it optional? What ethical obligations must be considered in the termination of such a relationship? What steps can be taken to stay in compliance with ethical rules and avoid discipline or professional liability and prevent the pitfalls that may occur when firing a client? This topic will reveal guidelines for deciding when to fire which clients and how to go about it if the relationship has become problematic.

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Guidelines for Deciding IF or WHEN to Fire a Client
  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • When You Must Withdraw
    • Violation of Law or Ethics Rules
    • Impairment
    • Discharged
  • When You Can Withdraw
    • Client Consent
    • No Adverse Affect
    • You've Been Used
    • Fundamental Disagreements
    • Unfulfilled Obligations
    • Unreasonable Burden
Guidelines for Deciding WHO to Fire
  • The Pareto Principal
  • Opportunity Costs and Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way
  • Communication and Expectations
  • Resolution With Updates to Written Contracts
Guidelines for HOW to Fire a Client
  • When to Get Court Approval
  • Protect the Client's Interests
  • Remain Professional
  • Consider a Referral
  • Review Your Contract!
  • End It Quickly
  • Accommodate Unstable Clients
  • Plan Ahead, Make It a Process
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  • AK CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours' credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.50 hours of professional responsibility.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • CO CLE 2.0 including Ethics 2
     
  • This program may qualify for 2.0 credit hours including 2.0 hours of ethics credit through the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education through reciprocity. This course is accredited in other jurisdictions such as New Jersey. To receive CLE credit for this program, a home study affidavit must be submitted to the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s) including 1.50 hour(s) of ethics credit.
     
  • DE CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Delaware Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of enhanced ethics credit.
     
  • FL CLE 2.0 (Pending)
     
  • This course has been submitted to The Florida Bar for 2.0 hours of CLE credit. Application Pending.
     
  • GA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.5 CLE hours, including 1.5 ethics hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours including 1.50 ethics hour.
     
  • IA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • How to Fire a Client: Terminating Attorney Client Relationships is accredited under the regulations of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It is planned that this program will provide up to a maximum of 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.50 hour of ethics credit toward the mandatory continuing legal education requirements under the Iowa rule.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5 including Legal Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board. The Illinois Commission on Professionalism has also approved this course for the following credit: Legal Ethics for 1.50 hours.
     
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  • This program has been submitted to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education for Distance Education for participating attorneys. Application Pending.
     
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  • This program has been submitted to the Louisiana State Bar MCLE Committee for 1.5 CLE hours. Approval pending.
     
  • ME CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit including 1.50 ethics hours under M. Bar R. 12.
     
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  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • MO CLE 1.8 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Missouri Bar for 1.8 hours of CLE, including 1.8 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • MS CLE 1.5 (Pending)
     
  • This program has been submitted to the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Approval pending.
     
  • MT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Board of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.5 CLE credits, which includes 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NC CLE 1.5 (Pending)
     
  • ND CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been reviewed by the North Dakota Commission for Continuing Legal Education and approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NE CLE 1.5 including Professional Responsibility 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is an accredited CLE sponsor in the State of Nebraska and certifies that this activity has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE credit in the State of Nebraska, including 1.50 hours of professional responsibility credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). This Program contains 90 minutes of legal ethics credit.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.8 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.8 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professional responsibility.
     
  • NM CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Ethics and Professionalism 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Ethics and Professionalism for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, Inc. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OH CLE 1.5 (Pending)
     
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  • OK CLE 2.0 including Ethics 2
     
  • This course has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Oklahoma for a maximum of 2.0 hours credit, of which 2.00 hours are credits covering legal ethics.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours including 1.50 hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.5 including Dual 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.50 hours of dual credit.
     
  • TX MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.50 credit hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit. Lorman Education Services is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE. This program has been approved by the Texas State Bar College for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, of which 1.50 hours will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WA CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.8 including Ethics 1.8
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours, including 1.8 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NALA 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This seminar meets the requirements of the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants of the National Association of Legal Assistants, for continuing legal assistant education credit required to maintain the CP (Certified Paralegal) credential for 1.5 hours, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     

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Noel Reese Bagwell, III

Executive Legal Professionals, PLLC

  • President and chief legal counsel for Executive Legal Professionals, PLLC
  • Provides business legal services and strategic legal counsel to business leadership
  • Serves as the Start-Ups & Small Business Aspect of Practice leader for the National Center for Preventive Law (NCPL)
  • Frequent speaker at numerous professional business educational events
  • Can be contacted at 615-669-6566 or [email protected]
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Published 2016, 2018
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