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Bar association flattens fees to lure consumers

In a move to remain competitive with online companies that use the web to offer consumers low-cost legal services, California’s largest voluntary bar association has launched its own flat fee service for certain types of divorces and business filings.

On the road to a gig economy, litigators take the wheel

The gig economy has been a boon to consumers, spawning new ride-sharing services and driverless cars. But it’s also generated a set of thorny legal issues for attorneys to solve. It’s a world where personal injury, labor and product liability laws collide.

Legal services funding gets $5 million boost

California’s Equal Access Fund was launched in 1999 with $10 million in funds to help low-income people get legal services. Last month, it got its first substantial funding increase in 17 years.

Comment on draft new ethics rules

A State Bar panel has proposed 68 new and revised Rules of Professional Conduct. The Board of Trustees is seeking your input.

New fee part of upcoming MCLE audit

Audit letters are going out to about 6,500 attorneys this month as part of the bar’s efforts to ensure they meet Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements. Those who haven’t complied may face a new $200 fee.

Two Bay Area attorneys disbarred for collecting unearned fees

A pair of San Francisco Bay Area attorneys who ran a huge loan modification business that targeted vulnerable homeowners has been stripped of their law licenses for misconduct that demonstrated a “habitual disregard for their clients’ interests.”