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California ethics opinion addresses issues related to a lawyer accepting damaging document provided by a witness

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent California ethics opinion which addresses ethics issues related to accepting a damaging document provided by an individual (witness).  The ethics opinion is Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Ethics Opinion 531 (July 24, 2019) and is here: The detailed opinion sets Read More

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Ethical issues and requirements for lawyers in compensating nonlawyer employees

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the ethical considerations for lawyers when compensating non-lawyer employees.  State Bar disciplinary rules, including Florida Bar Rule 4-5.4(a), prohibit lawyers from sharing legal fees with nonlawyers.  The Comment to the Florida Bar Rule states, “The provisions of this rule express traditional limitations on sharing Read More

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Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee approves proposed advisory ethics opinion addressing the use of lawyer electronic signatures

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent Proposed Advisory Opinion 87-11 (Reconsideration) which was approved by the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar on June 27, 2014. The proposed Advisory Opinion states that a lawyer may permit a non-lawyer employee to affix the lawyer’s electronic signature using Read More

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New York Ethics Opinion states that law firms are prohibited from listing areas of practice in the “Specialties” section of

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent New York ethics opinion which addresses the ethics issues surrounding the use of to describe the areas of practice of lawyers and law firms.  The ethics opinion is New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 972 (6/26/13).  The Read More

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