Protecting your clients and family
Because life is unpredictable, it’s important to have a succession plan in case events like disability or death prevent you from continuing to practice law. Planning ahead will not only protect your clients and your family, but provide immediate guidance to your staff in a time of uncertainty.
While lawyers are not required to have a succession plan, they are strongly encouraged to do so. ABA Formal Opinion 92-369 states that in order to fulfill the obligation to protect client files and property, a lawyer should prepare a future plan for the maintenance and protection of clients' interests in the event of the lawyer's death.
Succession planning is not just limited to unexpected events. When it comes to retirement, a succession plan serves as the blueprint for transitioning the future of your practice, addresse any financial concerns and ensure that your clients will be protected.
To make succession planning as easy as possible, we’ve written a handbook that outlines the steps, discusses the issues, answers questions, and includes checklists and forms.
The Planning Ahead Handbook
Chapter 1 discusses why it is important to plan ahead. Chapter 2 provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). The remainder of the handbook contains checklists and forms necessary to put together your succession plan.
Many of the forms are in Word format with fill-in-the blank fields. They can be downloaded and saved for subsequent modification by the user.
Succession planning for young attorneys
Planning ahead for your family and clients
Managing your practice
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