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Attorney impairment a real concern for the legal profession

This is “not something that should be swept under the rug,” says a company principal with an insurer that routinely represents attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice matters.

What that commentator and several other contributors voicing views in a recent media piece are referring to is the growing yet inadequately acknowledged problem of stress in the legal industry.

Regulatory pressures dialed up on licensed financial professionals

California’s financial professionals have always faced stringent regulatory hurdles, ranging from license challenges to liability risks.

Financial advisers, stockbrokers and related industry professionals come under close scrutiny from government officials focused upon fraud allegations. Most of those individuals fall under the keen oversight of the federal Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. FINRA investigates money managers’ alleged wrongdoing and has potent disciplinary powers.

Responding proactively when a CA license is under pressure

High numbers of well-trained and impressively educated California business professionals apply their talents and creative energies across wide-ranging work realms. Those span health care delivery, law, financial services, child care, real estate, insurance and additional areas.

Notwithstanding the sheer variance existing among the professional careers that California entrepreneurs pursue, legions of individuals who provide important services for state residents share one common attribute.

Change in security clearance rules spotlights military, finances

American military members who hold select security clearances justifiably value that entitlement, and for multiple reasons.

For starters, having a specified government clearance confirms that an individual has been duly vetted to perform an important role in national affairs. There is honor and more than a measure of earned self-respect that goes with that. And, of course, an earned clearance must be maintained for a servicemember to continuously do his or her job and earn needed income.

CA attorneys subject of close Bar scrutiny in recent study

A definitive answer to a query asking whether California attorneys are ever removed as bull’s-eye targets for state regulators is short and certain.

And it is this: No, never.

Fee disputes can often challenge licensed professionals

It often catches licensed California professionals across many occupational groups by surprise when a business relationship suddenly goes sour owing to a third-party claim involving money.

And yet fee disputes are common in the business world, even in cases where service providers have made best-faith efforts to contractually perform at a high level and fully satisfy those who are compensating them.

Gov. Brown rejects license-focused bill aimed at pot shop sellers

California business owners must sometimes feel like they are among the least-saddled entrepreneurs on earth, yet simultaneously among the most aggressively regulated.

On the one hand, the state has long been a beacon for enterprising business principals who apply their talents to startups and other creative commercial ventures. California officials have historically extended an avid welcome to new business participants.

Cryptocurrency poses new ethics questions for lawyers

In the past few years, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum steadily gained credibility in the global finance market. Still, cryptocurrency—a digital or virtual medium of exchange-- is so new that many people barely know of it, let alone understand it. But as this new type of currency gains mainstream traction, it is raising complex issues in numerous fields.

Only one state—Nebraska—has issued an ethics opinion regarding cryptocurrency. And as many lawyers have found, accepting payment via cryptocurrency has opened a floodgate of legal ethics quandaries.

Criminal conviction proceedings on the upswing for CA attorneys?

Back to that fingerprinting.

We noted in a blog post from earlier this year the new fingerprinting onus placed upon practicing California attorneys. All of the state’s approximately 190,000 active practitioners must be fingerprinted by state law enforcement officials no later than April 30 of next year.

Protecting that coveted California professional license

Many California professional license holders might find it a bit unnerving that they continue to dwell on the exactions relevant to their duly-held credentials even after they have overcome every challenge en route to gaining licensure.

At the Century Law Group, our established team of license-defense attorneys doesn’t find that fixation even remotely unusual.

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