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Advanced CLE

2023 Ethics of co-counsel and referral relationships

Total Credits: 1.2 MCLE, 1.2 Ethics, 0.0 Kansas Credit, 0.0 Kansas Ethics

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Co-counsel and referral relationships are common in law practice.  Lawyers associate with other lawyers on cases to gain specialized knowledge required for competent representation in a case.Litigation counsel may seek local counsel on a case in another jurisdiction.  Lawyers also refer out business for a variety of reasons, including overflow work or the work is outside of a lawyer’s core competencies.  These any many other co-counsel and referral relationships, however, raise substantial ethical and malpractice issues.  This program will provide you with a framework for understanding the ethical issues surrounding co-counsel and referral relationships.

•    Duty to supervise counsel to whom you have referred work
•    Associating with other lawyers or firms to gain competence in specific areas
•    Fee splitting in co-counsel or referral relationships
•    Liability to co-counsel for breaches of fiduciary duty or malpractice
•    Liability for errors of co-counsel
•    Duty to inform of malpractice by co-counsel


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