Search



Not a CBA Member? Join Now!
Find A Lawyer Directory
Find A Lawyer Directory
STRATUM
Find A Lawyer Directory
Know Your Judge

Archive Letter Abstracts, 1996-2006

Chronological Index of CBA Ethics Committee Abstracts of
Informal Letter Responses 96/97-01 through 05/06-01

96/97-01
Release of files to and copying of files by/for one of two or more former joint clients

96/97-02
Lawyer may not pay a fee to a marketing service for the privilege of writing newsletter articles, addressing business groups, and receiving referrals

96/97-03
GAL filing a therapist's report with the court not a violation of the rule against ex parte communications with the court

96/97-04
Lawyer's duty to report to court misappropriation by parents of settlement proceeds paid to juvenile client in personal injury case

96/97-05
Lawyer-employee of corporation representing clients of corporation

96/97-06
In-house insurance company counsel designating as arbitrator lawyer with past relationship with company

96/97-07
Rights/duties of a lawyer to seek the appointment of a guardian or take other protective actions with respect to a client of diminished competence

96/97-08
Counseling attorney in lawyer assistance program not required to report ethical violations of client attorney disclosed during counseling

96/97-09
Lawyer may advise a client how to proceed with a matter in traffic or small claims court

96/97-10
Recommendation of lawyer and guarantee of lawyer's fees by broker; duties of lawyer

96/97-11
Lawyer may not withhold from client notes of interviews conducted by lawyer under promise of confidentiality

96/97-12
Duties of lawyer regarding pleadings prepared by non-lawyer staff of collection agency client

96/97-13
Lawyer may not accept a fee from investment adviser for referral of clients to investment adviser

96/97-14
Duty of lawyer to report unethical conduct of another lawyer, knowledge of which was gained while serving as a private hearing officer for a private organization with internal rules of strict confidentiality

96/97-15
No requirement for written disclosure/client consent to firm's use of contract attorney

96/97-16
Mixed hourly and contingent fee agreement in case of reinstatement in an employment discrimination case

96/97-17
Lawyer's duties where personal injury client wishes to sell a portion of proceeds to third party in order to obtain living expenses

96/97-18
Lawyer may notify another lawyer that his/her conduct may violate Colo. RPC

98/99-06
Attorney may collect a reasonable fee from opposing parties, even though she is charging no fee to her client. In re Marriage of Swink, 807 P.2d 1245 (Colo. App. 1991)

98/99-07
If the contingent fee agreement doesn't say you can assert a charging lien when the client discharges you, then you can't.

98/99-08
If partner A is a municipal judge, associate B may prosecute in County Court.

98/99-09
Trust and estate attorneys' ancillary business of acting as a fiduciary for estates is probably not permissible because it is too closely related to the practice of law.

98/99-10
Attorneys may not provide anything of value to a for-profit organization in exchange for referrals. R.P.C. 7.2.

98/99-11
An attorney purchasing a law practice may pay the prior owner future fees from existing clients.

99/00-01
A lawyer may provide legal services through a legal services organization that also provides non-legal services within parameters of Formal Opinion 106 (June 19, 1999)

00/01-01
An attorney-client relationship is established between the city public defender and in-custody defendants during the brief arraignment meetings the public defender conducts with each such defendant

00/01-02
A lawyer or law firm may pay bonuses or similar profit-sharing compensation to non-lawyer/employees based upon earnings in excess of predetermined levels of income or net profits, and the employees' respective compensation or length of service, but not based solely upon a percentage of the fees, income or revenues of the lawyer or law firm

00/01-03
An attorney may charge clients a flat percentage of the attorney's total hourly billings to compensate for the client's expenses provided the attorney and each client agree in advance to such a billing arrangement

00/01-04
A lawyer serving as in-house counsel for Company A and its subsidiary may provide separate legal services for a vendor of Company A's subsidiary, provided the lawyer complies with rules pertaining to multiple client representations and fee arrangements

01/02-01
A law firm does not have to change its name when an attorney, whose maiden name is part of the firm's name, changes because that attorney begins using a married name

01/02-02
Prior to shredding the contents of inactive client files, a lawyer must make reasonable efforts to contact former clients regarding the potential destruction of their files, and give the clients opportunity to obtain their respective file or files

01/02-03
It is unethical for a lawyer to join a for-profit organization to obtain legal work. It is, however, ethical for a lawyer to pay the usual charges of a not-for-profit lawyer referral service or a legal service organization

02/03-01
A lawyer must maintain client confidences but also shall not counsel or assist a client in criminal or fraudulent conduct, here in the context of representation in a worker's compensation case and in connection with a child support matter

02/03-02
A lawyer is prohibited from advancing or guaranteeing financial assistance to a client (here, in a personal injury matter) however a lawyer may advance or guarantee expenses of litigation

05/06-01
It may be ethically permissible for an attorney hired by an insurance company to prepare the petition to appoint a conservator and the petition to approve the settlement with a minor