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The Legal Department articles are not intended to serve as legal advice and are offered for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for independent legal advice and it is not intended to address every situation that could potentially arise. Please be aware that laws, regulations and technical standards change over time. As a result, it is important to verify and update any reference or information that is provided in the article.


This article will assist therapists in identifying the legal issues related to the participation of collaterals in therapy.


This article explains the laws regarding subpoenas and the ethical standards pertaining to serving as a witness.

When practicing psychotherapy, some cases or issues can seem labyrinthine in nature. But. what if there was a way out of the labyrinth?

This article will help orient therapists to the ins and outs of conservatorships by reviewing the different types of conservatorships as well as the duties of the different types of conservators.

This article examines a number of legal and ethical issues, problems, and concerns that therapists often encounter when working with clients who are involved
with the courts.

The Labor Commissioner of California issued a ruling that will help employers determine whether an intern can be classified as a volunteer or as an employee.

This article discusses steps for therapists seeking a 72-hour involuntary detention for a patient who is a danger to self or others as a result of a mental health disorder in California. This article also explores frequently asked questions about the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act.

This article examines a number of key legal and ethical issues which are a part of everyday clinical practice and discusses the importance of developing good practice habits in order to avoid disciplinary actions, lawsuits, and ethics complaints.

This article provides an overview of the use of arbitration agreements by therapists as an alternative to litigation. In addition to pointing out the specific legal requirements for the use of an arbitration agreement, the article offers a discussion of the potential benefits and drawbacks that are generally associated with the use of arbitration by health care professionals.

Therapists often have questions regarding fees, such as whether fees can be raised, or how to collect unpaid balances from clients. The reminders are intended to help therapists exercise care in managing fee policies to comply with legal and ethical standards and to minimize the possibility of fee-related disputes.