The fires in California have touched many people, including lawyers and law firms. Attorneys should consider their ethical obligations if their practice is affected or forced to close due to a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. Attorneys with questions or concerns about their ethical obligations should contact the State Bar’s free and confidential Ethics Hotline: 800-2-ETHICS or 800-238-4427.
The State Bar has warned the public to watch out for and report potential fraud by lawyers. California law prohibits lawyers or others acting on behalf of a lawyer from:
A lawyer's ethical obligation to capably serve clients does not end in the wake of a natural disaster such as a fire. Here are some ethical rules and statutes that may apply:
For those who were fortunate enough to be spared from loss of life or property, now is the time to prepare if disaster strikes again. Here is a checklist of helpful tips: