In the event of an attorney’s unexpected death or a disability in CT

Plan today for the unexpected. In the event of death or disability, a solo practitioner’s duty of diligence to clients requires that a plan be in place which includes a “designated lawyer” who is responsible for reviewing client files and taking necessary protective actions. Rule 1.3 Commentary. In Connecticut, in the event of an attorney’s unexpected death or a disability which prevents the lawyer from practicing, the court will appoint an Attorney Trustee to review the deceased/disabled lawyer’s client files. In 2014, there is a backlog of attorney practices in need of an Attorney Trustee. It is not sufficient under the rules to expect the appointment of an Attorney Trustee. Solo attorneys who neglect to plan for the unexpected do a disservice to clients and to the legal profession.

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