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What You Need to Know When "Firing" a Client

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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Agenda

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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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on October 21, 2019.

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  • CA MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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 A/V credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Noel R. Bagwell, III, Esq.

Noel R. Bagwell, III, Esq.

ExecutiveLP®

  • Operates ExecutiveLP®, a virtual law firm based in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Has won numerous awards, including the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Attorney for Justice award for his pro bono work with veteran entrepreneurs, as well as the Clarksville, TN Mayor’s Certificate (2019) for his contributions to the business community in that city, which, in 2019, Money magazine named the Best Place to Live in America
  • Exclusively works with business clients to transform their legal support from a cost center to a profit engine, through ExecutiveLP’s legal operations install service, Profit from Legal™, and ExecutiveLP’s Legal Lifeline and Signet™, outside general counsel services
  • Author of How to Structure Your Business for Success, a book of legal guidance for startups interested in putting their new venture on a firm legal foundation; Profit from Legal, an upcoming book structuring legal operations around the use of legal key performance indicators to create the conditions necessary for legal support to generate positive ROI for businesses; and numerous print and electronic articles for the Nashville Bar Journal and various blogs
  • The host of the Profit from Legal Podcast
  • J.D. degree, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University; Scholar of Merit: Economic Analysis of Law; B.A. degree in Philosophy, minor in international studies, Austin Peay State University
  • Can be contacted at 615-716-0606 (option 5) and [email protected], on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2779139/; LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13936380/; on Twitter: @ExecutiveLP; https://www.twitter.com/ExecutiveLP; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExecutiveLP; or Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/profitfromlegal
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Product ID: 406663
Published 2019
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