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The Accidental Lawyer - Terms of Engagement

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Last Kick at the Can 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 
Monday, December 18, 2017
11:15 am - 1:15 pm

(Original Course: Wednesday, October 26, 2016)

Who should attend: Al lawyers in all practice areas who want to avoid inadvertently creating a solicitor-client relationship.

Learning level: All levels

"You're a lawyer, right?" Seemingly innocuous words, but when said at a cocktail party, family gatherings, or even in a hallway or elevator at the courthouse, they pose a genuine challenge, don't they? We want to use our training to help folks, right? After all, isn't that at least a part of why many of us went to law school?

As some poor, unfortunate souls have learned, if a lawyer is not careful in responding, he or she may inadvertently create a professional relationship, without intending to do so—leaving the lawyer potentially exposed to a malpractice claim. And even if a solicitor-client relationship is not deemed to have been formed, a would-be client may nevertheless believe that he or she is communicating with the prospective lawyer in confidence for the purpose of obtaining legal services.

This new live, interactive workshop from ReelTime CLE is designed to help lawyers be more alert to the vulnerabilities they may face in various non-office settings, to equip them with the best practices for defining their roles up front, and setting clear boundaries with the person seeking advice. With the aid of three original film vignettes depicting three all-too-common challenging scenarios, you will have an opportunity to identify your own particular areas of potential exposure, and to develop proactive strategies for navigating these situations with less risk and greater peace of mind.

By attending this workshop, you will be equipped to:

  • identify generally how implied solicitor-client relationships are formed and the specific factors that a reviewing court will consider
  • better understand the difference between the duty of confidentiality and the solicitor-client privilege
  • recognize the common stumbling blocks that often hinder lawyers' efforts to protect themselves in particularly challenging scenarios
  • learn practical strategies and best practices to avoid entering into an implied solicitor-client relationship

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 2 hours (a minimum of 2 hours will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care, and relations, and/or practice management)

Course Instructor 
Michael Kahn, JD, LPC — ReelTime CLE, Charlotte, NC

Pricing  Last Kick at the Can Rebroadcast
Rebroadcast $199
Registration includes an electronic copy of the reference materials.

Unable to attend without financial support? Learn about our Bursary Program and Easy Pay Plan.

CLEBC Program Coordinator
Katrina Verweel

This course has no current sessions.

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