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PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THE FLORIDA BAR

OPINION 64-40
July 8, 1964

It is proper for a law firm office manager to draw checks for the firm on the trust accounts of clients upon proper authorization from the attorney responsible for the case and for such manager to draw checks upon the firm account.

Canon: 47

Chairman Smith stated the opinion of the committee:

The Committee unanimously agrees there is no ethical impropriety in a law firm office manager, who is not a lawyer, drawing checks for the firm on the trust accounts of clients upon proper authorization or voucher from the attorney responsible for the case. Likewise, it is proper in our opinion for the manager to draw checks upon the firm account when authorized to do so. Bonding the manager, as contemplated, adds to the propriety of both measures.

[Revised: 08-24-2011]