After publishing numerous articles and speaking to lawyers about the ethical and legal duties they owe to their clients, North Port, FL attorney, James Keim, has been asked to contribute information regarding a lawyer’s ethical and legal obligation to protect a client’s interests and property in the event of disaster for publication in a book authored by Paul Martin to be published by the State Bar of Texas.
Attorney Keim, who has spoken at The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention on this topic and has been invited to speak by the U.S. Department of Justice and representatives of the State Bar of Virginia, reaffirmed the notion that a lawyer must take reasonable steps to protect a client’s property held in trust as well as the interest a client has in the pursuit of a legal action in the face of a disaster such as an impending hurricane.
“These are not new concepts or duties, although the application of them in the context of law firm disaster planning is a relatively recent development,” Keim said. “The legal profession has become the last major industry to hold out on adopting standards for disaster preparation. While the health care and financial service sectors have embraced such practices for years, the legal industry has failed to address this important concern in a uniform or consistent manner.”