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Closed and Abandoned Practices

A Guide to Closing a Law Practice

There are many different reasons why a law practice closes, some are planned, for example – retirement, merging firms or entering public office, and others can be unplanned, such as an unexpected disability or death.  While no single document or checklist can address all the possible questions or circumstances that will be encountered in the process of closing a practice, these materials attempt to address some of the basic guidelines/recommendations for an effective closure of a law practice. 

Closed and Abandoned Practices Handbook

For specific Checklists, FAQs and Forms found in the handbook, please click on the link(s) below.

Planning/Affected Attorney

Assisting Attorney

Special Commissioner



Those involved in the closure of an existing law practice are encouraged to consult others who have experience in closing a practice for further guidance. KBA members may obtain personal advice about their own contemplated future conduct by means of an informal ethics opinion. The Ethics Hotline trained volunteers are authorized to provide advice promptly upon request to members who wish to determine the ethical course to take in a situation. The informal opinion, if based upon an accurate statement of the facts, and followed, can serve as a defense to a later complaint of misconduct which arises from the same facts. For any other questions/comments, please contact the KBA at 502.564.3795. Please note that the KBA staff cannot give you legal advice of any kind.

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