Monthly Archives: January 2020

Washington D.C. Bar considers relaxing Bar Rules related to non-lawyer law firm ownership and fee splitting

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss a Washington D.C. Bar committee press release announcing a review regarding the potential relaxing of that jurisdiction’s non-lawyer law firm ownership rules, including potential fee sharing/splitting.  The January 23, … Continue reading

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Florida UPL Committee will consider New Jersey lawyer’s request for formal advisory opinion regarding remote practice from Florida

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss a New Jersey lawyer’s request for formal advisory opinion regarding remote practice related to non-Florida matters from his Florida home.  The lawyer’s request for the formal UPL opinion is … Continue reading

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Proposed Comment to Florida Bar Rule 4-7.18 would permit exchange of contact information at business events and on business related social media

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the proposed revisions to the Comment to Florida Bar Rule 4-7.18 which would permit the exchange of contact information at business events and on business-related social media, with caveats. The … Continue reading

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Referee recommends dismissal of Florida Bar UPL Petition against TIKD and oral argument has been scheduled before Florida Supreme Court

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert with an update on the status of The Florida Bar’s Petition alleging that the TIKD business model constitutes UPL and discuss the referee’s report recommending dismissal of the petition and the oral … Continue reading

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Illinois disciplinary complaint alleges that law firm partner double billed clients and charged personal expenses to firm

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent Illinois disciplinary complaint which alleges that a now former law firm partner double billed clients more than $108,674.00 and improperly charged personal expenses of $78,790.43 to the … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission approves “Advanced Registered Paralegal” program which would permit the limited practice of law

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent Florida Supreme Court Commission on Access to Civil Justice’s approval of a proposal to create an “Advanced Florida Registered Paralegal” designation as part of the Florida Registered … Continue reading

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Florida Bar files Petition with Florida Supreme Court for approval of “Registered Online Service Provider Program”

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent Petition filed by The Florida Bar with the Supreme Court of Florida for approval of an “Registered Online Service Provider Program”.  The case is In Re: Amendments … Continue reading

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