Janis Meyer Quoted in Law360 Article on Best Practices When a Client Passes Away

December 6, 2016

Janis M. Meyer, a New York-based partner and member of the Lawyers for the Profession® group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, was quoted in the article, "Into The Hereafter: 3 Things To Do When Your Client Dies," published by Law360 on December 5, 2016.

The article discusses what lawyers need to do after a client passes away to protect themselves and the interests of the deceased, which includes reestablishing who you do and do not represent. "If the client's spouse calls up and says 'I want you to do such and such,' you have to make sure he or she is the actual estate executor or administrator," said Ms. Meyer. "There can be real issues of authority in these situations for the lawyer to continue acting, and obviously that’s something that should be in writing."

Read the full article, "Into The Hereafter: 3 Things To Do When Your Client Dies," on the Law360 website. Please note a subscription is required.

Janis Meyer focuses her practice on professional responsibility, risk management, and professional liability law, with particular emphasis on attorneys and law firms. Ms. Meyer is familiar with a broad spectrum of professional liability, human resource, and other risk management issues arising in law firms.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. based law firm with offices in 11 states and London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the professional services sector—including representation of law firms and lawyers—and other highly regulated industries, such as banking and finance and the debt collection sector. Hinshaw also provides a series of closely coordinated litigation, business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes as well as governmental and public sector entities.