Into The Hereafter: 3 Things To Do When Your Client Dies
Law360, New York (December 5, 2016, 11:48 AM EST) -- It's well-established that a client's death doesn't fundamentally change an attorney's duty of confidentiality and advocacy. But lawyers outside of trust and estate practices still have plenty to do upon a client's demise, to protect both themselves and the interests of the deceased.
With the future of ongoing matters suddenly in doubt or authority to make decisions for an estate unclear, legal ethics experts say inaction in the weeks and months after a client's death can raise unnecessary risks for lawyers and the deceased's interests.
"It can be a complicated time because in a sense, they're not your client anymore and...
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