Succession Plan

The West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Board, End of Practice Committee, announces the completion and approval of Establishing a Succession Plan:  A Guide to Protecting your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability, Retirement, or Death.  The Guide provides information on why and how to prepare for a planned, or unplanned, closure of your law practice.  The Guide provides checklists and forms, along with suggestions on how to best accomplish a closure of your practice as smoothly as possible for your clients, you and the loved ones you leave behind in the event of your death or disability.

Click here for the guide.

Questions regarding the Guide should be directed to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel at 304-558-7999.

Landlord Tenant FREE CLE Recording

Sponsor: WV State Bar
Presenters: Susana Duarte, Bruce Perrone and Sam Hanna

The West Virginia State Bar had a FREE CLE Seminar on September 27, 2017 at the State Bar Center in Charleston, WV. The seminar was also broadcasted statewide via phone and video conference.

Those watching this video as a recording will need to self report Online/AV CLE credits after the activity is completed.

Opportunities/Information to assist in Relief Efforts

October 17th, 2017 Flood Relief Seminar

Presenters & Topics:
Ann Haight – Warnings about contractors, price gouging, and charities
Tammy Bowles Raines – Flood Insurance
Thomas Hancock – Dealing with FEMA appeals
Kate White – Landlord/tenant and government benefits available in a disaster



Three Opportunities to assist in Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

September 7: One-Hour Briefing

Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Assistance (FREE)

Historic rainfall and devastating destruction has left many in dire need of assistance. Register now for PLI’s One-Hour Briefing and learn what resources are available and how you can help.

Expert faculty will provide an overview of federal disaster assistance; discuss eligibility criteria for the Individual and Households Program; offer a broad overview of the National Flood Insurance Program; assist with understanding the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) and claims; explain appeal and judicial review regarding a denial of a flood insurance claim; share the most common reasons for FEMA denials and practice tips to help survivors overcome FEMA denials. Click here to Register


ABA Free On-Demand Resources

Disaster Relief: What Lawyers Can Do to Help Representing Disaster Survivors (Parts I & II)

Click Here to visit the ABA’s website and register for courses


Pro Bono Service Opportunity for Lawyers Nationwide to Help Hurricane Victims

We know that many lawyers across the nation would like to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. One way to help is to provide volunteer legal services through ABA/Texas Free Legal Answers. We have modified the ABA Free Legal Answers system in Texas to permit out of state attorneys to volunteer to answer Harvey related questions, per an order issued by the Texas Supreme Court permitting such service. Information on how to do this is offered in the attached flyer. Training resources are provided.

We would be grateful for your assistance in conveying this information to bar associations, law firms or attorneys interested in assisting Harvey victims.

Additionally, the ABA has created a web page with information about Harvey relief, including how to volunteer. Click here to visit the ABA’s web page

Joint Press Release: Free Legal Assistance Available for West Virginia Flood Victims

August 22, 2017 – A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for victims of the recent storms and flooding in West Virginia. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the West Virginia State Bar, Legal Aid of West Virginia, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Click Here for the Press Release