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About the eBook Version
Professional responsibility is at the core of delivering effective legal services. Paralegals are expected to obey the ethics rules by which their lawyer employers are bound. To help paralegals stay on top of ethics issues, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility has updated The Paralegal's Guide to Professional Responsibility. The new edition reviews the ethics issues that are relevant to paralegals, legal assistants, secretaries, and other employees of law firms, corporations, and law-related organizations and offers guidance that can be adapted to practice in any jurisdiction.
This new edition encompasses all recent changes to the Model Rules, along with updated references to court decisions and other resources. The book is designed to help paralegals understand key areas of the Model Rules and related ethics issues. Subjects include:
what constitutes the unauthorized practice of law
what a lawyer cannot delegate to a paralegal
the issues of competence and diligence in a paralegal's work
the paralegal and confidentiality
conflicts of interest
client funds and property
legal fees and employee compensation
Develop ethics research skills In addition to a thorough examination of the Model Rules as they relate to paralegals, the Guide provides an introduction to basic texts and materials used in legal ethics research and includes:
concise explanations of the law of professional responsibility
tools for identifying and resolving ethical problems
practical tips to use in everyday practice
a method for categorizing most legal ethics materials
Time-saving features and appendices To help you find the information you need quickly, the book includes time saving features such as chapter summaries, quick-reference text boxes, bullet points, and easy-to-find chapter divisions related to specific subtopics. The Guide also includes an index, a glossary of terms and several appendices containing requirements, rules, codes, research aids and guidelines of use to the legal assistant.