The Professional

Article by Nicole Goetz Published in ‘The Professional’

An article by family law attorney Nicole L. Goetz of Naples appears in the Spring 2019 issue of The Professional, a publication of The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism. In the article, “‘Bounds of Advocacy’ Professional and Ethical Practice Guidelines for Florida Family Lawyers,” Ms. Goetz discusses the significance of the recently re-published “Bounds of Advocacy,” a comprehensive guide for Florida lawyers who practice in any area of family law. Ms. Goetz served as 2017-2018 Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section and appointed a committee to update the publication, which is intended to advise Florida lawyers on the professional and ethical dilemmas that are unique to the practice of family law. The “Bounds of Advocacy” offers goals for professional cooperation, competence and advice, conflict of interest, fees and children. It suggests a higher level of practice than the minimum baseline of conduct required by Florida Bar rules and spells out strategies for situations that often arise in family law where the rules don’t provide sufficient guidance. The Family Law Section offers the “Bounds of Advocacy” at no charge; it is available to download from the section’s website.