The typical attorney-client relationship is based on the assumption that the client is capable of making decisions about important matters related to his or her case. However, a typical relationship may not be possible when the client has a mental impairment. Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.14 addresses an attorney's obligations when a client's capacity to make adequately considered decisions is diminished due to, among other things, a mental impairment. This presentation will address an attorney's ethical and related obligations to clients with mental impairments under Model Rule 1.14. ABA guidance regarding these obligations will also be discussed. Attendees will leave this presentation with a better understanding of how to balance the needs of clients with mental impairments and still fulfill their professional responsibilities.
**This is a free program, however, in order to receive CLE credit you MUST register for the 2013 ABA Midyear Meeting (registration is free).**
Sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights