April and spring are upon us! After our long and surprisingly snowy winter here in Seattle, it’s nice to see green and sunshine again!
On March 21, I presented on Ethics & Technology for the King County Bar Association (KCBA) Guardianship and Elder Law Section with Jeanne Marie Clavere, Professional Responsibility Counsel for the Washington State Bar Association. Washington Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 imposes an ethical duty of competence. That’s not just competence in the lawyer’s areas of practice. Competence also includes a basic knowledge of the pertinent technologies applicable to practicing law. It’s important, and interesting, to examine the latest technological trends and to teach attorneys how to navigate through it in a way that fully complies with the ethical rules.
Some of our team took time to travel over Spring Break! I traveled to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to visit my mother and experienced yet another bout of snowy winter weather! Erin took some time with her family to go to Portland and Astoria, Oregon, where they visited local museums, restaurants, breweries and even saw Weezer in concert! Sherry and her family traveled to Hawaii, where they explored the island of Kauai and went snorkeling, viewed the Na Pali coast, and ate lots of pineapples. They also spent a lot of time on the beach.
Using the popular television show Suits as a backdrop, Stacey explains how the ethics rules surrounding conflicts of interest can impact clients engaging in a commercial lease transaction.
Sherry describes a recent murder case, providing insight into how Washington’s “Slayer Statute” keeps a victim’s life insurance payout or other estate distributions out of a convicted slayer’s or abuser’s hands, even if they are listed as the beneficiary of those funds.
Sometimes being right comes with a price tag. In her latest blog post, Stacey discusses weighing the pros and cons of legal options, to decide whether it’s worth it in addition to just being right.