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January 30th, 2014
Business Arrangements with Non-Legal Entities
In the current legal and economic climate, some lawyers are considering business arrangements with non-legal entities. A new ethics opinion by the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York City Bar Association discusses important ethical issues raised by such business ventures. According to the opinion, lawyers should ask themselves several questions before entering into a relationship with a non-legal business, including:
- Does the arrangement constitute improper fee-splitting?
- Does the non-legal business entity engage in the unauthorized practice of law?
- Does the payment structure amount to payment of an impermissible referral fee?
The ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct covered the development on page 1 of its current issue. We hope you find the article and the opinion helpful.
Nicole Hyland, a partner in the Frankfurt Kurnit Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Group, chairs the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics.
If you have any questions about business arrangements with non-legal businesses, or any other legal ethics matters, please contact Nicole Hyland at (212) 826 5552 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Ron Minkoff at (212) 705 4837 or email@example.com or any other member of the Frankfurt Kurnit Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Group.
Other Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Alerts
Third Annual Litigation Ethics Summit
On November 13, 2020, Frankfurt Kurnit held its Third Annual Litigation Ethics Summit, consisting of three hour-long panels, earning the attendees three ethics CLE credits in New York and California. Read more.
November 19 2020
A Primer On New York’s COVID-19 Executive Orders and What They Mean for Your Practice
This past week, New York has taken a number of steps to restrict movement in and around the State in an effort to contain the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued executive orders and the chief judges of the state and federal courts have issued administrative orders that have had a sweeping impact on the legal industry as well as the business community at large. Read more.
March 22 2020
ABA Opinion Limits Restrictions on Departing Partners
There’s important news for law firm leaders who have recently revised partnership and shareholder agreements to restrict partner departures. In ABA Formal Opinion 489, the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility spells out new limits on notice periods, on rules governing communications with clients, and on so-called “ownership” of clients. Here’s what firm managers need to know to stay on the right side of the ethics rules. Read more.
February 6 2020