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Author Archives: Patrick R. Burns

Limits on threats of criminal prosecution

A Minnesota attorney was recently given a private admonition for threatening criminal prosecution of a client who had not paid the lawyer’s bill. While many lawyers might believe that failure to pay a legal fee ought to be a crime it is not, in and of itself, a crime. It is, however, a violation of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) to threaten criminal prosecution in connection with a civil case under certain circumstances.

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The basics of trust accounts

The proper maintenance of client trust account books and records is an important part of an attorney's practice of law. While this may at times seem inconsequential or a distraction, failing to maintain proper books and records can lead to serious consequences for a lawyer.

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