Senior Citizen's Guide to Philadelphia and Suburbs Fall/Winter 2013 - page 21

Boomers Resource Guide
• Fall/Winter 2013
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petent. An attorney’s very right to
practice law is granted by license
issued by the State Supreme Court,
following accredited post-college
legal education, successful com-
pletion of the state bar exam, and
a character investigation. Every
year, a practicing attorney must
earn Continuing Legal Education
credits. Attorneys are bound by
strict Rules of Professional Con-
duct, and can be disciplined for
breach of those rules. In extreme
cases, an attorney can lose his or
her license to practice law. These
Rules require attorneys to act al-
ways in the best interests of their
clients, to practice competently
and diligently, to charge fees that
are reasonable, to keep client com-
munications confidential, and to
avoid conflicts of interest. In the
event of malfeasance, an injured
client may receive compensation
from the Client Security Fund, to
which every Pennsylvania attorney
must contribute on an annual basis.
All attorneys are aware of these
boundaries on their behavior. Most
practice honest and ethically, by
nature, and would do so whether
or not the Rules existed. Although
there can be a “bad apple” in any
bushel, most clients will find that
their attorney will use his or her
very best efforts to deliver the
highest quality work at a reason-
able fee.
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