New York State Bar Opinion 938

Committee on Professional Ethics 

Topic: Law firm ownership of business that provides nonlegal services and pays for “leads”

Digest of the Committee:

“Law firm that owns an entity providing nonlegal SSDI services is not subject to legal ethics rules as to those services, and no ethical violation would arise from entity’s purchase of leads to market those services, if the entity includes no lawyers, operates separately from the law firm, and disclaims the provision of legal services.”

Rules: New York Rules of Professional Conduct 5.7, 7.2(a)


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