Academy of Chiropractic
Quickie Consult 1248
Lawyers Meetings and Communication 94 L
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time. -Mark Studin 2006
"RPC's control your relationships"
RPC = Rule of Professional Conduct
“Open your eyes and listen” Mark Studin 2020
These are the rules of ethics that control what a lawyer can and cannot do. Every state has their own rendition, although most are the same. I put in a word search “New York Rules of Professional Conduct” and got a PDF from the state of NY and they cost $0.00. I am sure each state has the same search-ability and even if I had to pay a few bucks, it is well worth it.
It is these rules that guide every lawyer in every state and you can quote the rules by section, subsection and line regarding any infractions a lawyer might be committing when working to negotiate a lien payment. I am certain most lawyers play by the rules, but for those who don’t, having the section of law when rendering a complaint, or informing the lawyer you are about to render a complaint is powerful.
This is not meant to give you an unfair advantage, it is meant to level the playing field where all parties follow the law and RPC’s are designed for just that.
An example using the RPC’s in New York would be:
According to Rule 5.8(a)(3)… And state your issue that is applicable to that section.
If done properly, the rules can be quoted to lawyers if you feel they are acting unethical (which could cost them their license) and should be done in a rebuttal and not verbally. I urge you to do this VERY sparingly as it will destroy relationships, but if someone is “screwing you” unethically, you don’t want to have a relationship with them anyway!