Part 8 of 10 Estates, Trust and Probate Law Series: Should You Take the Case? Recent Developments on Representing Potentially Incapacitated Clients

Date & Time: Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

CLE Credit: No

Event Description
This program will address the ethical issues of representing a person who may be struggling with diminished capacity, from the point of view of attorneys practicing in the estates, trusts and probate area. Rule 1.14 and nifty terms of art like “testamentary capacity,” “right to counsel,” and “capacity to contract” will be reviewed, as well as who determines or should determine mental impairment. Hold onto your PDAs - the Hearing Committee's 200 page opinion in In re: John T. Szymkowicz, et. al., Bar Docket No. 2005-D179, September 28, 2012, (a/k/a the Ackerman case) will be used to illustrate the thorny issues, concerns, and ethical and legal dilemmas that arise when undertaking to represent a person of diminished capacity. Lastly, practical guidance will be provided to hopefully help you fulfill your ethical responsibilities!

**To access the "In re: John T. Szymkowicz" report please follow the link provided below:

This luncheon program is sponsored by the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section.

** This program is offered in a live webinar/webcast format.

Please note: If webcasting service is disabled during the program, only audio transmission will be available for the remainder of that program.  

Also note: webinar/webcast information will be e-mailed to registrants 24 hours prior to the event.

D.C. Bar Conference Center
1101 K Street, NW, Conference Center
(Metro Center Station)
Washington DC 20005

Contact Information
Sections Office
Phone: 202-626-3463
Fax: 202-824-1877

  • Michael F. Curtin, Esquire, Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans

  • Professor Michael S. Frisch, Georgetown University Law Center

  • Jennifer C Concino, Tobin, O'Connor & Ewing (Moderator)