DennisBeaverAttorney Dennis Beaver has practiced law for many years in Bakersfield, California. Read more about Dennis and his background here. Dennis is a syndicated newspaper columnist and writes a weekly column entitled “You and the Law”. There have been numerous requests over the years to make these articles available and we are happy to offer them here. They are also indexed for your convenience.

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A refund of attorney fees

August 29, 2015 • By Dennis Beaver

Our recent articles on ways of improving attorney-client relationships led to highly positive reader feedback from across the country, including a request from a Southern California Bar Association that we serve as a fee arbitrator in one of their cases where an attorney’s competence was the issue.

For lawyers, our Rules of Professional Conduct require competence, “Having the learning, skill, mental, emotional and physical ability necessary for the performance of the service.”

In this case, a Southern California lawyer took $3,500 from a mother wanting to protect her son from an abusive father, and even when faced with clear evidence of incompetence, still maintained that everything was done correctly…click here to read more