When Your Job Is Being The Ethical Adult In The Room

Cost: $50 PFAC Member – $70 Non-Member

Speaker: Liza de Vries, Esq.

CEU Awarded: 1.0 Ethics

Presented Date: 7/20/2020




About the Course

Ethical canons expressly require professional fiduciaries make decisions about “best interests” through the prism of their clients’ known ethnic, religious, social, and cultural values. Notably missing from this list is an oft-elided dynamic—many clients and their families are entrenched in dysfunction. How do you recognize and take into consideration the effect of this environment when considering your clients’ best interests? We will discuss real-life examples such as deciding whether to place a client in a professional-care setting rather than allowing care at home by a family member, or, when to pursue litigation to recover misappropriated assets from someone your client wishes to protect. Attendees will discuss how collaboration with counsel is essential to recognize, contextualize, and develop strategies to successfully and gracefully weather these ethical quandaries.

Liza de Vries, Esq.

Liza de Vries is the founder of De Vries Law, P.C. After vigorously prosecuting civil rights cases and building her own elder abuse practice over sixteen years at the Scott Law Firm, Liza launched her own practice in 2020.

Committed to preserving civil rights of those whose voices cannot be heard, Liza represents children who have suffered from wrongdoing by those erroneously entrusted to keep them safe and adults whose rights have been trampled. She also represents elders, adults with disabilities, consumers, and those who have suffered from a prism of scenarios constituting abuse of power, government misconduct, employment discrimination, harassment or retaliation.

In addition, Liza represents professional fiduciaries who protect those who cannot protect themselves from abuse or neglect. She also staunchly defends fiduciaries falsely accused of wrongdoing for nefarious purposes. Common opposing parties are so-called friends, colleagues, associates, care providers, disgruntled family members, strangers, state actors, and all who take advantage of a victim’s frailties, diminished capacities, and inability to withstand undue influence, fraud or duress.

Her clients recover their losses through civil litigation, conservatorships, and estate or trust litigation.