10:48, March 07 301 0 abajournal.com

2018-03-07 10:48:07
Have you ever felt you had to limit contact with a difficult client?

Lawyers can place limitations on their contact with difficult clients as long as the lawyer still “promptly informs and consults with the client on matters within the lawyer’s duty of communication,” the New York State Bar Association said in a recent ethics opinion.

The opinion came about after a lawyer inquired about how to handle a client who was “physically intimidating, verbally abusive, and often nonresponsive.” The blog Legal Ethics in Motion reported on the opinion.

This week, we’d like to ask you: Have you ever felt you had to limit contact with a difficult client? What were the circumstances? Did you end up withdrawing as counsel?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever heard a judge say during proceedings?

Featured answer:

Posted by umgrizz:

Judge (spontaneously): “Sustained.”

Bewildered defense attorney: “I’m sorry, your honor, was there an objection?”

Judge: “No, there wasn’t, but there should have been one. And if there had been one I would have sustained it. So, SUSTAINED! Now move on.”

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