Month: March 2015

Ethics Opinion 1050

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1050 (3/25/15) Topic:  Legal expenses; Credit Card Processing Fees Digest:  A lawyer may charge a client, as an administrative convenience, a nominally greater amount than the processing fees imposed on the lawyer’s account by a credit card company in connection with the client’s payment by … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1051

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1051 (3/25/15) Topic:   Attorney’s fees, amending fee agreement, litigation funding Digest:  Where a contingent fee agreement provides for the fee to be calculated on the amount of the recovery “by settlement or judgment,” whether the lawyer may take a percentage of the amount loaned … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1052

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1052 (3/25/15) Topic:  Compensating clients to rate lawyer on Internet website Digest:  A lawyer may give clients a $50 credit on their legal bills if they rate the lawyer on an Internet website such as Avvo that allows clients to evaluate their lawyers, provided the … Continued

March 19, 2015: Lawyer-Legislator Disclosure and Client Privacy: Statement By State Bar President Glenn Lau-Kee

Glenn Lau-Kee, president of the New York State Bar Association, today issued the following statement in lending support to a proposal announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie: “The New York State Bar Association believes in transparency in government, but is also concerned with protecting clients of lawyers who are entitled … Continued

March 11, 2015: State Bar President Lau-Kee Proposes Reforms to Foster Greater Confidence In Criminal Justice System

Testifying at an Assembly hearing on criminal justice reform, New York State Bar Association President Glenn Lau-Kee today focused on three measures that would enhance public confidence in New York’s justice system. “When we consider justice, we must consider effective law enforcement that protects the public and, at the same time, ensures fairness to every … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1048

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1048 (3/3/15) Topic: Waiver of appeal on grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel as part of plea bargain Digest: A defense lawyer may advise the defendant as to a proposed plea agreement including waiver of challenges to the conviction based on ineffective assistance of counsel … Continued

Ethics Opinion 1049

New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1049 (3/2/15) Topic:  Solicitation Digest:  A. Where a potential client posts a message on a website asking to be contacted by a lawyer about a particular legal problem, a New York lawyer may respond in the manner invited by the potential client.  A response invited … Continued