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. law firm with 450 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional and litigation services. We serve clients ranging from emerging and middle-market businesses to Fortune 500 companies, as well as governmental and public sector clients.