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July 6, 2005

Rule 1.4 Proposed Amendment - Disclosure of Malpractice Insurance

Rule 1.4 Proposed Amendment - Disclosure of Malpractice Insurance

Rule 1.4. Communication.

(a) A lawyer shall keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information.

(b) A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to enable the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.

(c) If a lawyer does not have professional liability insurance with limits of at least $100,000, a lawyer shall disclose this in writing to clients in the written fee disclosure provided to the client pursuant to Rule 1.5 and to the Utah State Bar in the annual licensing form.

(d) If, during the course of representation, the insurance policy lapses or is terminated, a lawyer shall promptly notify clients and the Utah State Bar in writing.

(e) This disclosure requirement does not apply to lawyers who are on inactive status, in-house counsel or government lawyers, who do not represent clients outside their official capacity or in-house employment.

July 7, 2005

e.Bulletin for July 2005

July e.Bulletin

2005 Annual Convention - Next Week!
Online Membership Renewal Available
Malpractice Insurance Dialogue
Notice of New Rule - Authorization to Practice Law
Supreme Court Seeks Attorneys to Serve On Advisory Rule Committees

2005 Annual Convention - Next Week!
Come up to wonderful Sun Valley, Idaho next week for the Bar's 2005 Annual Convention. This meeting will give you excellent CLE, beautiful surroundings and a great chance to meet and socialize with your colleagues. Online Registration ends Thursday, July 7th at 5:00pm . After that registrations will be taken at the door. To find out more about the Annual Convention, check out: www.utahbar.org/cle/annualconvention/welcome.html.

Online Membership Renewal Available

The Utah State Bar is pleased to announce that you may renew your Utah State Bar licensing information online. This system is easy to use and simplifies the process for lawyers and the Bar. To access this system, go to: www.utahbar.org/members/online_licensing2005.html enter your login and password information and follow the instructions. If you do not have your login and password information, first make sure your e-mail address is up-to-date with the online address form at www.utahbar.org/forms/member_address_change.html. Once your current e-mail address is on record, you can request login information via onlineservices@utahbar.org. This is the same login information you use for accessing Casemaker. Thank you for using the new online renewal service!

Malpractice Insurance Dialogue
The Bar Commission is examining the perceived lack of insurance coverage by many Utah lawyers and is concerned that unsuspecting clients may be misled into engagements with lawyers because they are unaware of the lawyers' lack or coverage or of coverage limitations. Research has shown in the past that up to 50% of the lawyers in the state are either not covered or are insufficiently covered by professional liability insurance. The Commission is proposing for comment the attached amendment to Rule 1.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. If adopted by the Supreme Court, it would require lawyers who do not carry professional liability insurance of at least $100,000 to make that disclosure to their clients.

A public discussion of the proposed rule will take place on July 14th at the Business Meeting of the Annual Convention. A copy of the proposed rule change may be found at www.utahbar.org/news/archives/000297.html Please send comments to director@utahbar.org by August 15, 2005.

Notice of New Rule - Authorization to Practice Law
To be effective immediately, the Utah Supreme Court recently approved a new rule governing the practice of law which addresses, in part, what constitutes the practice of law and what activities a non-lawyer may perform without engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. The new rule, Chapter 13A in the Supreme Court's Rules of Professional Practice, may be accessed on the Court's website at www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/ucja/ch13a/1.htm.

Supreme Court Seeks Attorneys to Serve On Advisory Rule Committees
The Utah Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the following advisory rule committees: Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Procedure.

Any interested attorney should submit a resume and a letter addressing qualifications to Matty Branch, Appellate Court Administrator, Utah Supreme Court, P. O. Box 140210, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0210 or to the e-mail address mattyb@email.utcourts.gov. Applications must be received no later than July 29, 2005.

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