In extraordinary circumstances, such as the unexpected death of a busy sole practitioner, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel or any interested person may petition a court to assume jurisdiction over the lawyer’s law practice. Prerequisites for the petition appear at TRDP 13.02. If the court assumes jurisdiction, the court will appoint one or more Texas attorneys to serve as custodian-attorneys under TRDP 13.03.
In these situations, the State Bar relies on attorneys from around the state to volunteer to serve as the “custodian” of these practices for the purpose of examining client matters, contacting clients, updating courts, and returning client files.
Serving as custodian of the practice of a missing, incapacitated, deceased, or disabled lawyer is a commitment. The work may prove difficult, but the challenge is unique, meaningful, and unforgettable.
To those willing to enter the arena, take heart – your service can be fulfilling personally and a great value to the public and your profession.
The process to volunteer as a court-appointed custodian-attorney begins at the link:Volunteer Now