Financial Poise Webinars
Practical and entertaining education for business owners and executives, Accredited Investors, and their legal and financial advisors.


Bankruptcy Edition

Premiere Date: 08/21/2019 1:00pm

Legal Ethics Best Practices - Bankruptcy Edition

Lawyers owe a wide variety of duties to their clients under generally applicable rules of ethics.  What happens to those duties when the client intends to declare bankruptcy, or if the client is the representative of a bankrupt estate?  Join us for a discussion of how rules relating to communication, conflicts, and candor are modified or expanded in the unique context of insolvency proceedings.

Best Practices Regarding Technology

Premiere Date: 02/13/2019 1:00pm

Best Practices with Technology

Technology is rapidly changing the way that lawyers and businesses interact (e.g. email; data rooms).  This creates new and different challenges to confidentiality, attorney-client privilege and the creation of a detailed record of negotiations and interactions.  This webinar will describe the problems and some solutions that arise out of the changing manner and pace of business law practice.

This webinar will also cover several ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The panelists will examine ABA Model Rule 1.1 and specifically discuss Comment 8’s recommendation that “to maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology…”

Model Rule 1.6 requires the attorney to perform “reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.” This requirement will be examined in light of the special concerns presented by the use of technology. The panelists will also address Comment 18 to Model Rule 1.6 and explore “reasonableness” judged by “sensitivity of the information, likelihood of disclosure if additional safeguards are not employed, the cost of employing additional safeguards and the extent to which safeguards adversely affect the lawyer’s ability to represent clients (e.g., software that is excessively difficult to use).
Further, this webinar will examine ABA Model Rule 5.1 and 5.2 and the requirement that the attorney must make “reasonable efforts” to ensure that the firm conforms to the Rules of Professional Conduct.  The panel will also explore the requirement that lawyers supervising other attorneys shall make “reasonable efforts” to ensure that the other lawyer conforms to the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Finally, the panel will examine ABA Model Rule 5.3 and its requirement that lawyers with direct supervisory authority over nonlawyers must make “reasonable efforts” to ensure that the person’s conduct is compatible with the professional obligations of the lawyer,  Also, the panel will explore Comment 2 to Rule 5.3.

Hot Off the Press – Recent Cases & Decisions 2019

Premiere Date: 03/13/2019 1:00pm

Recent Cases & Decisions

This webinar is for the lawyer- or anyone else- who wants to brush up on legal ethics in the business context.  The panelists discuss recent and important case law in the area and explain how those decisions can have real word impact on the situations you may be involved in.  Among others, the following ethical model rules are discussed: Rule 1.2-Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer; Rule 1.7-Conflict of Interest: Current Clients; Rule 1.8-Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules; Rule 1.9-Duties to Former Client; and Rule 1.13-Organization as Client.

How to Avoid Malpractice & Disciplinary Actions – General Do’s and Don’ts

Premiere Date: 04/10/2019 1:00pm

How to Avoid Malpractice & Disciplinary Action

This webinar presents basic practice pointers to avoid committing malpractice and disciplinary actions, and how to respond to claims of malpractice or unethical behavior.  The panel also discusses the role that malpractice insurance plays in these situations and the ramifications of a malpractice judgment or disciplinary action. Model Rules discussed include:  (a) those that govern the client-lawyer relationship (Rule 1.1 through 1.10; 1.13; and 1.16); (b) those that that speak to transactions with persons other than clients (Rule 4.1 through 4.4); Rules 5.1 through 5.5 (dealing with respective responsibilities of a partners/supervisory lawyers, subordinate lawyers, non-lawyer assistance, independence, unauthorized practice of law, and multijurisdictional practice of law); and communication, including advertising and solicitation of clients (Rules 7.1 through 7.5).