Monthly Archives: August 2016

Zealous representation or lawyer misconduct? Where does the Florida Supreme Court draw the line?

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert will discuss the lawyer’s duty to competently and zealously represent a client and the Florida Supreme Court decisions addressing when a lawyer’s conduct may cross the line and constitute misconduct and violate … Continue reading

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Lawyer-Client Confidentiality and Privilege: What is the Difference?

This Ethics Alert blog will discuss the terms lawyer-client confidentiality and lawyer-client privilege are often used interchangeably and the differences between them may become somewhat blurred.  Although both terms address information related to the client that a lawyer cannot reveal … Continue reading

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South Carolina ethics advisory opinion states that matching legal services such as those offered by AVVO are prohibited

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent South Carolina ethics advisory opinion which states that marketing fees to non-lawyer companies collected as part of legal fees are prohibited.  The advisory opinion is here: http://www.scbar.org/Bar-Members/Ethics-Advisory-Opinions/Opinion-View/ArticleId/2455/Ethics-Advisory-Opinion-16-06 The … Continue reading

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Florida Bar’s Board of Governors approves substantial revisions to Bar rules related to lawyer referral services

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert Update which will discuss the Florida Bar Board of Governors’ (BOG) recent approval of proposed lawyer referral rules.  The proposed rules would substantially revise the current rules, including broadening the definition and … Continue reading

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