Limitation on titles and compensation for non-lawyer employees in Texas

Texas Ethics Opinion 642 (Revised) Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas In September 2015, the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas revised Opinion 642. The Opinion confirmed that non-lawyers employees cannot use “officer” or “principal” in job title because it is generally understood that officers and principals exercise control […]

South Carolina State Bar Ethics, Advisory Opinion 16-06

Ethics Advisory Committee   Topic: attorneys participating in websites providing a fixed-fee legal referral service   From the Opinion The fixed-fee legal referral service works as follows: Attorney signs up for the service by agreeing to offer certain flat fee services. The fee for the service is set by the internet advertising directory website(service). The […]

Attorney suspended on several grounds, including breach of confidentiality to respond to clients’ online criticism

A Colorado attorney was suspended from the practice of law for 18 months on several grounds, including answering to clients’ criticism on line, disclosing confidential information. By way of background: a couple retained lawyer to provide his services in a post-marital issue. Although clients signed a fee agreement, they were not fully explained the terms of payment. […]

New York State Bar Opinion 1062

Committee on Professional Ethics Topic: Financing a law practice; crowdfunding websites Digest of the Committee: “A law firm may engage in certain types of crowdfunding but not others. Any form of fundraising that gives the investor an interest in a law firm or a share of its revenue would be prohibited. However, in some circumstances […]

Canadian Bar Association’ s Report “Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada”

This August, the Canadian Bar Association has issued a report titled “Futures: Transforming The Delivery Of Legal Services In Canada.” Starting from the concept that “globalization, technology, and market liberalization” are changing the environment in which lawyers work and that lawyers must be responsive to the changed needs of their clientele, the Canadian Bar Association […]

New York State Bar Opinion 1014

Committee on Professional Ethics Topic: Solicitation, client recommendation Digest of the Committee: “Lawyer may contact prospective client recommended by current client when prospective client has made known that lawyer should contact the prospective client and the lawyer did not make any payment or give any other consideration to the current client for the recommendation.” Rules: […]

Francesca Giannoni-Crystal, Some considerations about Bitcoin for lawyers

Bitcoin is a virtual currency (or crypto-currency) having an equivalent value in real currency (but with great fluctuation) not backed by any country’s central bank or government. The origin of the currency are uncertain and related back to late 2008/early 2009. See more at Man said to create bitcoin denies it; Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System; Wikipedia. […]

Nathan M. Crystal, Enforcing Fee Splitting Rules: Equity Rather than Strict Compliance

South Carolina Lawyer 12 (May 2014) Originally published as Ethics Watch: Enforcing Fee Splitting Rules: Equity Rather than Strict Compliance, South Carolina Lawyer 12 (May 2014) Author discusses the basic principles applicable in case of coconseuling or referrals when lawyers, who are not members of a firm, split their fees.   Relevant Law: Illinois Rules of […]