Attorneys and their families may be faced with closing law offices due to the attorney's inability to continue practicing law due to illness, disability, suspension, disbarment, disappearance, or death. Resources attached include excerpts from Supreme Court Rules 8 and 9, ethics opinions, checklists and forms for bar associations, attorneys, family members and interested persons faced with closing a law practice. Rules of Professional Conduct must be followed when applicable.
On March 17, 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court entered two Orders regarding the appointment and reappointment of Hearing Committee Members for the Board of Professional Responsibility with terms commencing March 17, 2014 and expiring March 17, 2017. Click here to view the Order appointing new Hearing Committee Members, and click here to view the Order reappointing existing Hearing Committee Members.
In a unanimous Opinion released on February 21, 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the disbarment of a Memphis attorney from the practice of law for violating multiple Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct in his representation of clients. To read the Court's Opinion in George Ernest Skouteris, Jr. v. Board of Professional Responsibility, authored by Justice Lee, visit the Opinions section of TNCourts.gov. Read the Opinion.
The Board of Professional Responsibility's brief video on Trust Account Fundamentals.
The State of Tennessee Department of Revenue reminds attorneys that all professional privilege tax returns, due June 1, 2014, must be filed electronically. Taxable professionals holding an active license in Tennessee must pay the $400 tax. More information on Tennessee's professional privilege tax can be found online at http://www.tn.gov/revenue/tntaxes/proftax.shtml. Read the Department of Revenue's reminder.
On February 14, 2014, the Tennessee Supreme Court filed an Order amending Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 9, Sec. 10.1. This amendment provides that an attorney's residence address in the Boardâ€™s database is confidential and not a public record unless the attorney failed to provide an office address or the attorney lists the residence address as the attorney's office address. Click here to view the Order along with amended Rule 9, Sec. 10.1.
The Board of Professional Responsibility regularly announces public disciplinary
actions and judgments taken by the Board and the Supreme Court of Tennessee and other
relevant information to the public and the legal community. For more
information click here.
Recent decisions by the Supreme Court of Tennessee of interest to Tennessee attorneys:
- Supreme Court upholds nine-month suspension for Chattanooga attorney continued... (August 9, 2013)
- Supreme Court denies reinstatement to suspended Williamson County attorney continued... (June 24, 2013)
- Supreme Court affirms costs assessed to disciplined attorneys; rejects challenges to disciplinary process continued... (May 24, 2013)
The Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) helps people with
questions or problems with their Tennessee lawyer. Many problems may be
resolved by providing information, contacting the lawyer, or informally
mediating the dispute.
When serious unethical conduct may be involved, complaints will be referred to
Disciplinary Counsel for consideration as to attorney discipline.