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CAPA'S ETHICS GUIDELINES

  • A paralegal shall maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.
  • A paralegal shall participate in continuing education in order to ensure the highest degree of professional competence.
  • A paralegal shall always disclose his/her status as a non-lawyer.
  • A paralegal shall not establish an attorney-client relationship, set fees, sign documents which require an attorney’s signature, or appear in court on behalf of a client, unless authorized by law.
  • A paralegal shall preserve and protect the confidences, secrets, and information written or oral of a potential, current or prior client and/or attorney which have been disclosed to the paralegal.
  • A paralegal shall preserve and protect as privileged all communications of the attorney and the client which have been disclosed to the paralegal.
  • A paralegal shall avoid conflicts of interest and immediately disclose in writing any potential conflicts.
  • A paralegal shall exercise great care and professional judgment in determining the extent to which a client may be assisted without requiring the presence of a licensed attorney.
  • A paralegal may communicate legal advice authorized by the attorney to a client so long as they do not interpret or expand upon that advice