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Attorneys and clients are in a confidential relationship, one that demands the lawyer’s absolute loyalty and zealous representation of client interests. But what if the client refuses to pay his or her lawyer? At that point, the broad and categorical demands of the ethics rules run up against the practical business of running a law practice. This clash of interests raises a range of substantial ethical issues. How can the lawyer compel payment yet continuing representing a client? Must he or she withdraw from the representation? Can the lawyer sue the client or place a lien on client property? Is the lawyer allowed to breach certain confidences in obtaining payment? This program will provide you with a guide to the ethical issues that arise when a client refuses to pay for a lawyer’s legal services, practical methods to ethically obtain payment, and best practices to avoid these disputes.
Handout Materials will be emailed to you prior to the seminar
1.0 MCLE Credit Hours, including 1 ethics hour
Thomas E. Spahn, McGuire Woods – McLean, VA
Matthew Corbin, AON Risk Services