New rules amending many of the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) become effective Sept. 1, 2016. On June 2, 2016, the Washington Supreme Court entered the order adopting the new rules. See Order No. 25700-A-1146.
In 2013, the Supreme Court asked the WSBA to evaluate recent amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct consider the amendments for possible adoption. Washington’s new rules follow recommendations by the WSBA Committee on Professional Ethics to the Board of Governors after its review of the ABA Ethics 20/20 amendments. These changes work with recently adopted changes to Washington’s RPC’s for Limited License Legal Technicians. Read more
This past fall Division II of the Court of Appeals concluded in a legal malpractice case that a lawyer who prepared a trust and a later amendment for his client did not owe a duty to a prospective beneficiary of the trust. Read more
Michelle Cummings recounts her journey from working as a paralegal to becoming the first legal technician in the state — and the country. Read more
Washington state is making national news with the introduction of Limited License Legal Technicians. Washington will be the first U.S. jurisdiction to license legal technicians, but a number of states are already studying Washington’s model for possible adoption. Legal technicians are authorized to provide legal advice within the limited scope described in Regulation 2 of the APR 28 Appendix. Read more