"We are pleased that the Alabama State Bar, like many other state bars who have analyzed the model, has not found any violation of the rules which govern a lawyer’s professional conduct,” says Morgan Drexen General Counsel Jeffrey Katz.
Costa Mesa (PRWEB) December 06, 2011
The Alabama State Bar confirms that California-based Morgan Drexen will continue to work in the state providing support services to Alabama licensed attorneys. According to Morgan Drexen General Counsel Jeffrey Katz.
In recent weeks, prompted by a creditor the Alabama State Bar raised concern that Morgan Drexen’s services constituted the unauthorized practice of law. After an external investigation on the matter the State Bar quickly closed the matter and stated that, “Morgan Drexen is free to continue its business practices in the State of Alabama.”
Morgan Drexen supports a network of attorneys, some of whose practice involves providing bankruptcy and debt settlement services to Alabama clients. The attorneys Morgan Drexen supports in Alabama are all licensed, and in good standing with the Alabama State Bar. Alabama attorneys supervise all paralegal and paraprofessional work that is provided.
“Morgan Drexen’s sole responsibility and role is to coordinate consultations and transmission of drafted pleadings between the law firm and the law firm client. At no time has Morgan Drexen provided legal judgment,” says Robert Kreitlein an Alabama licensed attorney who has worked with Morgan Drexen.
Morgan Drexen provides a wide range of legal services to attorneys who provide representation in bankruptcy and insolvency, business law, civil trial law, criminal law, immigration law, family law, and other practice areas. Because Morgan Drexen automates processes for law firms during a recession, it has a larger volume of business in supporting lawyers who handle formal and non formal bankruptcy.
“Creditors and their counsel have tried to impair the effective representation of debtor’s counsel in a variety of ways including using a state bar and the Rules of Professional Conduct as a sword to challenge the attorneys’ practice and use of Morgan Drexen’s support services. We are pleased that the Alabama State Bar, like many other state bars who have analyzed the model, has not found any violation of the rules which govern a lawyer’s professional conduct,” says Morgan Drexen General Counsel Jeffrey Katz.
Morgan Drexen Integrated Services (MDIS) provides outsourced paraprofessional support services to more than 60 law firms nationwide using cloud-based solution.
The legal services carried out by many of the attorneys using MDIS allow for a significant reduction in fees giving clients a service they could otherwise not afford.
"As a solo practitioner, using Morgan Drexen’s services means having my own knowledgeable staff members to prepare clients, files and appointments before I even walk in the door, allowing me to concentrate on the legal aspects of assisting clients without the costs associated with such a large and efficient staff,” says Michael B Fisher a New Hampshire-licensed attorney.
Cynthia O. entered into an attorney-based debt resolution program with Alabama licensed Attorney Buddy Huntley. “I was glad you helped me out. I would probably be paying the same amount and still paying the same bills. I was just paying the minimum and that wasn’t really getting the bill down,” admits Cynthia.
“Using the integrated legal support services of Morgan Drexen has dramatically improved my efficiency. The one of a kind services provided by Morgan Drexen has allowed me to offer more services for less. Without a doubt, Morgan Drexen offers the most comprehensive legal support services available,” says Huntley.
The Rules of Professional Conduct encourages lawyers to make legal services readily available to those who otherwise cannot afford a lawyer. That mandate is best fulfilled through innovation and efficiency in providing services to attorneys through the software and automation of MDIS.