Unbundled Legal Services or Limited Scope Representation, Vol. 51, No. 10 RES GESTAE 19 (June 2008)

Sometimes it’s called “limited scope representation,” sometimes its called “unbundled legal services.” They are both ways of describing less-than-full-service legal representation.  The usual paradigm for a legal representation is that the client turns responsibility for the entire matter over to the lawyer for handling.  This is, of course, subject to the lawyer’s obligation to defer [...]

Economic Entanglements Between Lawyers and Clients, Vol. 51, No. 8 RES GESTAE 36 (April 2008)

Indiana’s Supreme Court recently decided a case that discusses financial transactions between lawyers and their clients, apart from the client’s fee obligation that is present in most attorney-client representations. It provides a nice opportunity to muse about the topic of lawyer-client business transactions. Lawyers as Fiduciaries Lawyers and their clients stand in a fiduciary relationship [...]

Top Ten 2007 Professional Responsibility Stories, Vol. 51, No. 7 RES GESTAE 22 (March 2008)

Welcome to Ethics Curbstone’s Second Annual Top Ten Professional Responsibility Stories. Due to the screenwriter’s strike, this column will have to substitute for our normal red carpet gala.  As in the past, this highly subjective selection will include stories of statewide interest, some of national interest, and this year, one international story.  This year, I’ve [...]

The Graying of the Legal Profession, Vol. 51, No. 3 RES GESTAE 26 (October 2007)

We’re all getting older, but the aging of the demographic bulge known as the Baby Boom is noteworthy for our profession. As a Boomer myself, this trend is becoming increasingly less abstract and more existential.  A number of recent events have coalesced to focus my attention on this phenomenon: At its August annual meeting in [...]