Professional boundaries define effective and appropriate interaction between an attorney and the client. Boundaries exist to protect both parties. No conscientious professional sets out to violate the standards of professional relationships with clients. However, violations can happen, even to those that are dedicated, moral and highly responsible in the overall conduct of their practice. As you know, failure to set healthy boundaries with clients can lead to RPC violations on the topics of fees, communication, and other ethical responsibilities.
Setting boundaries with clients is one of the most effective forms of self-care a lawyer can engage in. Use these strategies to help set boundaries:
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