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They said it was bound to happen. It was just a matter of time. Now your client came to a decision, and it was one of a painful kind. Cause now it seems that you wanted to save them from liability, and that's the one thing they kept preventing you from doing. So rather than realizing they're wrong, they fire you.

After all that, are you going to be liable when your now-former client destroys their case, their business, and their life, in spectacular fashion, while misinterpreting your advice?

Of course this will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and even from practice to practice. Below, you can read some tips on how to avoid malpractice claims after getting canned (keep the salt shaker handy, as you'll need a few grains for the following).

What's Your Liability for Client Communications to Third Parties?

Among President Trump's covfefe's, dictating Donald Trump Jr.'s statement about a meeting with a Russian lawyer registers high on the Richter scale.

The exact impact will be determined by history. Right now, it's big enough that the special counsel has convened a grand jury amidst growing evidence concerning the Russia affair.

It is a lesson for Trump but also for attorneys who dictate information for clients that is destined for third parties.

Amidst the controversy over the in-depth searches of electronic devices on the border that are lawfully happening, the New York City Bar Association has chimed in with some advice for attorneys that could be subject to these border searches. The ethics opinion explains what an attorney's ethical obligations are when it comes to a border search of their electronic devices that contain client data, or privileged information.

The opinion provides some rather detailed advice, including a requirement that an attorney promptly notify any and all clients whose data or confidential information may have been disclosed as a result of a border search. The most important thing to remember as you protest the search: remain calm and polite, and take reasonable steps to protect your client's data.

Below, you'll find some of the steps provided in the NYC bar's ethics opinion.

Lawyer Blames Junk Email for Missed Deposition

It's hardly news when a lawyer misses an important email because it happens all the time, right?

After all, what with all the junk mail from vendors and others, it's easy to overlook an important email once in a while. But what if that important email went straight to the junk mail?

Attorney Stan Davis, whose case could be dismissed over it, is asking a judge to decide the issue. But many lawyers know the answer because they have been there, done that.

ABA Starts Legal Network to Aid Homeless Youth

According to reports, there are more children living on the streets of America than there are prisoners living in its prisons.

Yet those 2.5 million homeless children, unlike criminal defendants, have no right to counsel for their legal predicaments. Unlike the inmates, who don't worry about having a bed or food every day, the homeless have no guarantee they will survive to the next day.

There is something tragically wrong with this picture, and the American Bar Association is doing something about it.

Providing pro bono legal services isn't always the easiest sell for attorneys. After all, you didn't sink that much time and money into law school just to give your time and expertise away for free, did you? And times are tight in the legal industry -- you're probably thinking that every pro bono client is a missed opportunity for some much-needed income.

But times are tight for everyone, not just lawyers, and an attorney's commitment is to provide legal service for those who need it, not just those who can afford it. The challenge is how to make doing good work in the community work well for your legal practice.

Prenda Copyright Troll Disbarred, Faces Fraud and Money Laundering Charges

For John Steele, who now has been disbarred for his part in a copyright-trolling scheme, it could have been worse. He could be dead, like his law partner.

Actually, it does get worse for Steele. He is awaiting sentencing on fraud and money laundering charges. When it rains, it porns.

It all started with an ill-advised plan at the Prenda Law firm to upload copyrighted porn to file-sharing sites and then sue the people who downloaded it. The plan worked famously for a while as the defendants promptly paid to avoid court and public humiliation.

Lawyer Fined for Refusing to Answer 'Yes or No' Question in Court

'If you plan to have children, try not to have teenagers.'

That's my joke to friends, and it came to mind when I read about the debate between a judge and a lawyer over a "yes-or-no" question.

You see, my kids sometimes have trouble answering straightforward questions. It's because they don't want to be cornered -- like attorney William Hermesmeyer, who had to hear it from the judge and the court of appeals.

It went down this way in a Texas trial court:

Wielding a Judicial 'Wild Card'

Rolling Stone called Judge Jed S. Rakoff a "legal hero of our time," but the judge doesn't come across as a rock 'n roller.

With a resume that includes triumphs at Oxford, Harvard, Wall Street, and the United States District Court, Rakoff wears well the garlands of his labors. He spends his time now as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, contributor to the New York Times and occasional guest jurist for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

So why does Rakoff think that judges should have a "wild card?" Did he save something from 1969, when he graduated from Harvard Law School and the Beatles cut their last album?

In a recent interview about injustices in the legal system, Rakoff said judges should have a "wild card" to dismiss cases sua sponte when they see injustice. "I think that's a great idea," he said. "Now there would be abuses, obviously."

Nearly one out of five Americans experiences mental illness at some point in their life, making it likely that, sooner or later, you'll encounter a client with a mental illness or impairment, whether it's a major impairment like dementia, or something more minor, such as moderate depression.

These relationships can be fraught with strategic, legal, and ethical concerns. To help you prepare for these tricky situations, here are five tips, from the FindLaw archives.