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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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Online mechanic’s lien settlement software company Zlien settles Ohio unauthorized practice of law complaint

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent (July 20, 2016) Order approving the settlement of an Ohio unauthorized practice of law (UPL) complaint filed by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) against an online … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania woman who impersonated a lawyer for 10 years is sentenced to 2 to 5 years in prison

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will update my March 30, 2016 blog and discuss recent sentence of a Pennsylvania woman who impersonated a lawyer for 10 years.  The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Kimberly M. Kitchen, … Continue reading

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N.J. Supreme Court reverses reprimand and dismisses complaint against lawyer who posted allegedly confidential information on his website

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent New Jersey Supreme Court opinion reversing a Disciplinary Review Board’s reprimand recommendation and dismissing a complaint against lawyer who was alleged to have posted client confidential … Continue reading

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Washington D.C. lawyer receives informal admonition for revealing client confidences in response to client’s negative website comments

  Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent informal admonishment of a Washington D.C. lawyer who responded to a client’s negative and critical comments and revealed confidential and specific information about her case, … Continue reading

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Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee concludes that a lawyer can forgive advanced costs after a negligence case is resolved

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the Bar Professional Ethics Committee’s (PEC) Proposed Advisory Opinion 16-1, which concludes that a lawyer can forgive advanced costs at the conclusion of a negligence case when the … Continue reading

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Florida Bar Board of Governors votes to prohibit actors from reading client testimonials in lawyer advertisements

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the May 2016 decision of the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors (BOG) to prohibit client testimonials read by actors in lawyer advertisements. According to an article in the … Continue reading

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Ohio Supreme Court suspends lawyer who engaged in sexually oriented text messages with a client

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the June 14, 2016 Ohio Supreme Court disciplinary opinion suspending a lawyer for one year (with six months stayed) for engaging in voluntary sexually explicit text messages and … Continue reading

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