“Paraclete, comforter, helper, or hand-holder”

September 17, 2012

  • 45 Attorney and Client
  • 45I The Office of Attorney
  • 45I(C) Discipline
  • 45k37 Grounds for Discipline
  • 45k44 Misconduct as to Client
  • 45k44(2) k. Misappropriation and Failure to Account.

45 Attorney and ClientAlthough attorney has a duty to assist his client in making informed decisions, a process that often implicates nonlegal considerations, attorney may not serve in a self-appointed role as a paraclete, comforter, helper, or hand-holder, under the guise of legal services and at a lawyer’s compensation rate.
Cincinnati Bar Assn. v. Alsfelder, 816 N.E.2d 218 (Ohio 2004)