Paralegal Ethics and Client Communicatoin
This 60 minute on-demand video presentation will discuss ethical considerations when communicating with clients.
ABA Model Rule 1.4 deals with an attorney's ethical obligations to communicate with their clients. Although the ABA is a voluntary association the majority of state bars mirror their professional conduct roles after the ABA's rules. Since paralegals are often placed in the position to communicate with clients it is important that they not only understand what this rule is and its implications, but also how to avoid subtle unauthorized practice of law traps when communicating with clients. State bars consistently cite client communication or the lack thereof as being one of the top reasons that clients file malpractice suits, so it is imperative that paralegals have a grasp of their managing attorney's ethical obligations regarding client communication. Although, client communication is an integral piece of the communication pie, communication also extends to other areas like the discovery process. A paralegal that does not have a firm grasp of their ethical obligations regarding client confidentiality can unknowingly breach and even waive the attorney client privilege by how communications are handled.
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