Category Archives: Ethics Opinions

ABA Formal Opinion 496 addresses ethics issues related to lawyer responses to online criticism and provides guidance

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which discusses recent American Bar Association (ABA) Formal Opinion 496, which addresses ethics issues related to lawyer responses to online criticism and provides guidance.  ABA Formal Opinion 496 is here:  https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/professional_responsibility/aba-formal-opinion-496.pdf As … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Opinion 495 addresses ethics and UPL issues related to lawyers working remotely and provides guidance

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss American Bar Association (ABA) Formal Opinion 495, which addresses ethics issues related to lawyers working remotely and provides guidance  ABA Formal Opinion 495 is here:  https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/professional_responsibility/aba-formal-opinion-495.pdf     The ABA opinion … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 493 addresses Model Rule 8.4(g) prohibiting harassment and discrimination based upon, inter alia, race, sex, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the (very) recent (July 15, 2020) American Bar Association Formal Opinion 493 titled “Model Rule 8.4(g): Purpose, Scope, and Application”, which provides guidance on application of the rule prohibiting harassment … Continue reading

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ABA Formal Opinion 491 discusses a lawyer’s obligation to avoid counseling or assisting a client in a crime or fraud

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss recent ABA  Formal Opinion 491 (issued 4/29/20), which discusses and provides guidance regarding a lawyer’s obligation to avoid counseling or assisting in crime or fraud in non-litigation settings.  The … Continue reading

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Florida Bar Ethics Committee votes to publish proposed opinion providing guidance in responding to negative online reviews

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent vote by the Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee (PEC) to publish a proposed ethics advisory opinion providing guidance to lawyers in responding to negative online reviews and … Continue reading

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Proposed North Carolina Bar ethics opinion states that lawyers may only make “restrained” responses to negative online reviews

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss recent proposed North Carolina Bar 2020 Formal Ethics Opinion 1, which states that lawyers are prohibited from revealing confidential information in response to a negative online post; however, the … Continue reading

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The client is missing and the statute of limitations expires soon: what can or must a lawyer do?

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the ethics issues when a client is missing (or refuses to communicate) and the statute of limitations is about to expire.  I have been asked this question (or a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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