ABA Formal Ethics Opinions Archive by Subject

ABA Formal Ethics Opinions Archive by Subject

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  • Lawyers May use Groupon, with Certain Caveats, Formal Opinion 465
  • Lawyer websites require compliance with ethics rules on information about legal services and care as to truthfulness of information given, Formal Opinion 10-457


Assisting the Unauthorized Practice of Law

  • Prosecutor may not furnish letterhead to collection agency for use in seeking payment where no prosecutor reviews facts of situation,Formal Opinion 469

see Confidentiality
  • Waiver of privilege does not allow disclosure of confidential information outside of judicial proceeding, Formal Opinion 10-456
see also Fees
see also Client perjury

Collections

  • Prosecutor may not furnish letterhead to collection agency for use in seeking payment where no prosecutor reviews facts of situation,Formal Opinion 469

Communication with adverse persons

see also Communication with corporate employees
  • Misconduct discovered during in-house ethics consultation must be disclosed to the client if it is related to the representation, Formal Opinion 08-453
  • Fact of In-House ethics consultation need not be communicated to client unless the results require informing the client, Formal Opinion 08-453

see also Disclosure

Conflicts of interest

Conflicts of Law

  • Lawyers May Divide Fees with Lawyers in the District of Columbia, Despite rule that allows District of Columbia Lawyers to Divide Legal Fees with Non-Lawyers, Formal Opinion 464

Contact with with Jurors

Contingent fees

see also In-house counsel

Electronic Social Media

see also Division of fees, Arbitration and Mediation

  • Disclosure of confidential information to prosecutor defending against claim not permissible, Formal Opinion 10-456
see also Corporate counsel

Internet

Judges

  • Criminal defense lawyer defending an ineffective assistance of counsel claim may not voluntarily disclose confidential information without court order, Formal Opinion 10-457
  • Duty of confidentiality, Formal Opinion 90-358

Sale of Law Practice

  • Seller may assist buyer in transition of practice despite provision requiring her to cease practice; client may not be charged for the transitioning work,Formal Opinion 468

Supervisory Duties

  • Prosecutors:  Prosecutors with managerial authority must adopt policies to ensure compliance with rules; prosecutors with supervisory authority must ensure compliance with rules, Formal Opinion 467

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