Category Archives: Legal Ethics

Legal Ethics Corner: Your Client Has Dementia. Now What?

Andrew Dimitriou, Dimitriou & Associates Can an attorney call adult protective services (APS) when the attorney’s client has dementia and needs protection, but has not expressly authorized the APS call?…

Legal Ethics Corner: Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations Does Not Apply to Claims Based on Misappropriation of Client Funds

Sarah Banola, Cooper White & Cooper In Lee v. Hanley, 174 Cal.Rptr.3d 489 (2014), the Court of Appeal recently held that the legal malpractice statute of limitations does not necessarily bar a former client’s…

Legal Ethics Corner: Law Practice in the Cloud — Just Be Careful

The rent’s too high, we don’t have room for storage anymore, everyone is going paperless. Let’s move our practice into the cloud. Have you heard of this before? Perhaps you are already using the cloud….

Legal Ethics Corner: Communicating with English as a Second Language Clients

Paul Nathan, Law Offices of Paul H. Nathan I have recently been confronted with the issue of what to do with a client who speaks English as a second language…

Legal Ethics Corner: The Duty to Supervise New and Experienced Attorneys

By David Wolf, Law Office of David A. Wolf The duties of California attorneys are set forth in the State Bar Act (Bus. and Prof. Code § 6000, et seq.),…

Legal Ethics Corner: Undocumented Status Does Not Mean You Can’t Practice Law

In a matter of first impression, the California Supreme Court recently ruled that the fact an undocumented immigrant is in the United States illegally “does not itself involve moral turpitude or demonstrate moral unfitness so as to justify exclusion from the State Bar.” In re Sergio C. Garcia, 58 Cal. 4th 440, 460 (2014). Sergio Garcia, who was born in Mexico and brought by his parents to California as an infant and again at age 17, obtained his high school diploma and college and law degrees in California and passed the California bar examination.

Legal Ethics Corner: What is Confidential?

All attorneys know what a client tells them, in private, is confidential and is protected by the attorney-client privilege. However, what about other information that an attorney learns about a client from sources other than the client?

Legal Ethics Corner: When Turning Over a Client’s File, Don’t Forget to Include Electronic Data

Andrew Dimitriou, Dimitriou & Associates One of the most difficult things is to lose a client. Sometimes it is for the best. However, when you lose a client and the…