Licensing Board complaints against professionals
After nearly thirty years in private practice as a psychologist, Dr. Flynn finds it especially enjoyable to help mental health professionals answer their legal questions: From helping you create good office forms, to making sure your contracts with one another and your employees are workable, and especially, helping you deal with unwanted subpoenas, cranky lawyers, and hostile licensing boards. Rest assured that there is someone you can call for answers to those often-threatening requests for your clients’ records.
Getting a request for a client’s records can be quite stressful – especially if the request (or demand) comes as a subpoena from a lawyer you do not know or you do not trust. If you are not sure what the rules require a quick phone call to our office may be all you need to feel confident that you are responding correctly. In more complicated situations, Dr. Flynn will deal with the matter – and the lawyer – for you, so you can feel safe that you have maintained proper confidentiality, and you still obeyed the law.
For the unlucky few among you, there are licensing Board complaints to answer. Don’t try to answer those, yourself. When a client complains about you to the Board, you have a lot at stake. More important, your malpractice insurance company will pay a lawyer to handle the complaint for you. You choose your lawyer; your malpractice insurance pays the lawyer.
“When I practiced as a psychologist I answered some complaints against my own license – and on two occasions I let a lawyer handle them. Board complaints are a legal matter, not a mental health issue; you will be better off to let a lawyer deal with your Board. Since I became a lawyer, I have represented many professionals in front of their Boards. That is something I feel especially good about doing. Call me; don’t try to do this, yourself.”
LET SOMEONE WHO KNOWS YOUR CONCERNS ANSWER YOUR LEGAL QUESTIONS. Call me and let’s talk about it.
AVOID BEING EXPOSED TO UNNECESSARY LAWSUITS: Protect your assets with a proper business structure and good forms.
ANSWER SUBPOENAS AND RECORDS REQUESTS CONFIDENTLY: Many lawyers know less about mental health law than you do. Don’t be intimidated. Let a lawyer who understands the demands of your practice deal with other lawyers for you.
BE CONFIDENT THAT YOUR LICENSING BOARD COMPLAINT IS BEING ANSWERED PROPERLY: Licensing Board complaints are often a nuisance – but they can also be more than just a nuisance. A complaint is a legal matter. Let your malpractice company pay a lawyer to respond to the licensing Board for you.
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