Q: Can a lawyer report adult abuse of a client?

A: Yes. When a lawyer learns information during the course of representing an incapacitated person, a vulnerable adult, or someone who owes a fiduciary duty to such a person that is required to be reported under A.R.S. § 46-454, the lawyer ethically may disclose the information to authorities.
Ariz. Op. 01-02.



The Secrets Lawyers Keep

Keeping confidences is what lawyers do. But could that skill be their undoing? Has secrecy gone too far when attorneys contract away their ability to disclose known dangers?
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Proper Address Helps Ensure Account Reconciliation

Here's a tip for personal injury attorneys and others who make disbursements to third parties from a trust account on behalf of clients: Take time before writing each check to call the payee to confirm the proper name and the address to which the check should be sent.
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9th Circuit Strikes Down Class Action Fee Experiment
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave securities fraud class action firms more comfort in negotiating fee agreements.
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Hidden Cameras and Privacy: ABC Wins Appeal
Arizona businesses can't seek court relief after they've been videotaped by reporters with hidden cameras, even if the reporters lie about their identity.
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Court Ruling Opens Door to New Indian Gaming Agreements
In a ruling with potentially profound implications for Arizona's gambling propositions, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling that declared the state's tribal-gaming agreements to be illegal.
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Task Force Examines Accountability of Non Profit Organizations
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Calderón Named Latino of the Year
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Arizona Court of Appeals
Division One Division Two

September 24, 2002 - CR 01-1015 - State v. Thues
Does a defendant's previous conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia, a Proposition 200 offense, constitute a historical prior felony conviction for purposes of sentence enhancement?
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September 24, 2002 - 2 CA-CV 2001-0196 - Glaze v. Larsen
When does the statue of limitations period begin on a legal malpractice claim arising out of the litigation of a criminal case?
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9th Circuit Court of Appeals

September 24, 2002 - No. 01-56700 - Wallis v. Princess Cruises, Inc.
Recoverable damages for a passenger's death after a fall from a cruise ship will not be limited, where a contract clause's mere reference to the "Convention Relating to the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea" did not reasonably communicate a liability limitation.
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September 24, 2002 - No. 01-55304 - Henderson v. City of Simi Valley
Police officers' entry into a residence was reasonable under the definitive special needs exception to the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement, where the officers act to enforce a domestic violence order.
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