Everyone makes mistakes. Even lawyers. But lawyers are held to higher standards than most other people. This is largely due to the trust their clients place in them and the expectation to repay that trust in good faith. As a result, there are standards for conduct that go beyond your ability to get results, and any failure to uphold these standards can lead to discipline—or getting yourself disbarred.
It is eminently clear that the Medical Board of California commands considerable power and oversight over health care professionals across the state. The agency has a broad mandate to protect the public’s health, and does so through regulating care providers and being the arbiter over all license-linked matters.
California became the first American state last autumn to take patients’ rights against alleged physician wrongdoers to a higher level.
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.
California’s financial professionals have always faced stringent regulatory hurdles, ranging from license challenges to liability risks.
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.
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.
“When deals go bad,” stresses a recent Insurance Journal article spotlighting legal malpractice concerns for law firms, “clients start looking to their lawyers.”
All professionals, whether you’re a doctor, a veterinarian, an attorney or a bus driver, are judged in part on their customer relations. While the quality of your work may not be directly related to how you work with other people, what they think of you affects their overall experience.