Wednesday, 20 April 2022

The LMICK Minute - Issue #20

News & Updates

Congratulations to Kentucky’s Newest Attorneys!

LMICK would like to congratulate Kentucky’s (soon to be) newest attorneys! The swearing in ceremony is set for Friday, April 22, 2022 in Frankfort. If you have a newly admitted attorney joining your practice, remember to add them to your policy by filling out the form on our website.

Amendments to the Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Effective April 1, 2022

The Kentucky Supreme Court announced several proposed amendments to the rules have been approved and became effective on April 1, 2022. We encourage you to review and note any rules that impact your practice. To get you started, we have highlighted the most significant changes, here.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

The LMICK Minute - Issue #19

News & Updates

Effective April 1, 2022: Amendments to the Kentucky Supreme Court Rules

The Kentucky Supreme Court announced several proposed amendments to the rules have been approved and will be effective on April 1, 2022. We will provide a more thorough review of the rules in our April edition of the LMICK Minute.

New Kentucky Ethics Opinion: KBA E-454 Addresses the Ethical Obligations of an Attorney as a Guardian Ad Litem

The Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Committee has issued a formal ethics opinion addressing duties of a GAL. The opinion discusses how “[c]ritics have argued that the ‘best interest’ representation as a GAL under Kentucky law (KRS 387.305), especially in family law cases, does not ‘comport’ with an attorney’s ethical responsibilities under the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct….[C]ritics maintain that a ‘best interest’ lawyer who substitutes his or her best-interest judgment for that of the child runs afoul of the duties to ‘…advocate…zealously…the client’s position’ and to ‘…abide by a client’s decisions concerning the objectives of [the] representation.’” This opinion addresses these concerns and provide guidance to attorneys acting as a GAL. Read the full opinion here.

Monday, 14 February 2022

The LMICK Minute - Issue #18

News & Updates

New Rules Impacting Mediation Effective February 1, 2022
The Kentucky Supreme Court has entered Administrative Order 2022-04, which replaces in their entirety the Model Mediation Rules and AP Part XII, Mediation Guidelines for Court of Justice Mediators.

Legal Food Frenzy is Underway!
Every year, the Young Lawyers Division of the Kentucky Bar Association asks our legal community to do its part in working toward a #HungerFreeKentucky. This year's campaign will kick off on February 7th. Register your team now and find more information at kyfoodfrenzy.com!

Western Kentucky Tornado Response
The FEMA Application deadline was on February 11, 2022. For survivors needing assistance with appeals and other disaster related legal assistance, free legal help is available for Kentucky tornado survivors by calling 877-782-4219. Visit our Disaster Response Information page for more information and resources.

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

The LMICK Minute - Issue #17

News & Updates

Western Kentucky Tornado Response

Visit our Disaster Response Information page for more information and resources.

Beware of Scam!
Attorneys are being contacted by individuals posing as potential clients with fraudulent intentions. Click here for more details and for information about your ethical obligations when fraud is suspected.

New Rules Impacting Mediation Effective February 1, 2022
The Kentucky Supreme Court has entered Administrative Order 2022-04, which replace in their entirety the Model Mediation Rules and AP Part XII, Mediation Guidelines for Court of Justice Mediators.

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

The LMICK Minute - Special Edition #3

Client Notification Requirements in the Wake of a Disaster

In light of the damage caused by the Western Kentucky tornadoes, LMICK has partnered with one of its Board Members, Sarah McKenna, to provide resources addressing an attorney’s ethical obligations to clients following a natural disaster. Ms. McKenna, along with her Dinsmore attorney colleagues Chase Cunningham, John Selent, and Joe Tucker, created the resources below for Lawyers Mutual. The following summary of the law and related documents are educational and not intended as legal advice. Any templates provided must be tailored to your particular situation and should be drafted in consultation with your professional liability carrier, if other than Lawyers Mutual of Kentucky.

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