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Communication is key in time-sensitive matters often relating to contracts, plea agreements, and settlement offers. Lawyers are obligated to communicate any settlement offers to the client in a civil case or plea offers in a criminal case in full terms. Rule 1.03 specifies that a lawyer shall keep a client informed about the status of…

Lack of communication is a leading cause of ethics violations and malpractice claims. Good communication protects the client from making decisions based on a lack of information. While we are all aware of how important communication is, so many attorneys still fail at it. Poor communication methods, improper relationship management, and lack of time are…

For lawyers, good client communication means setting expectations from the start. Being legal guru’s lawyers love to have everything in writing. This means that the contract for services or representation agreement will outline lawyer communication basics. Often the lawyer will ask you to agree to keep any contact information up to date and send them…

The Texas Disciplinary Rules have specifically addressed how a lawyer should use Social media or traditional advertising in their communications with clients. Lawyers must tread lightly in this area in their use for promotions and communications. Commercial speech laws restrict how the lawyer may respond if you’re contacting them for the first time. A lawyer…

Conflicting responsibilities are part of the nature of practicing law. Good attorneys know that failing to deal with impermissible conflicts of interest lead to difficult ethical problems in their practice. Attorneys must recognize conflicts of interest under Rule 1.06 and take appropriate action. The lawyer must at a minimum withdraw and communicate that the representation…

The handling of client funds and property are a big concern of lawyers. Conflicting responsibilities are part of the nature of practicing law. Good attorneys know that failing to deal with impermissible conflicts of interest lead to difficult ethical problems in their practice. Attorneys must recognize conflicts of interest under Rule 1.06 and take appropriate…

You’ve hired an attorney and you may be asking yourself “How do I work with my Attorney?” Once you have decided on an attorney, met with them, and signed a retainer to get them to work on your case you need to know there are several steps you can follow to help your attorney work…

With Google getting the majority of online search traffic, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the searches being done on the platform in the Abilene area for family law-related words. We were a little bit surprised by what we found. Over the last year the majority of the searches were…

  Even the most amicable divorce can be taxing on multiple levels. If you are facing a divorce, it is especially important to get your financial affairs in order and get to organizing your finances during a divorce to prepare for the times ahead. Untangling two people’s finances is complicated, and each situation is unique….