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Legal Aid

Attorneys writing newspaper column on legal problems 71-31
    Charitable organization's legal aid program 66-24
    Court-awarded fees requested by lawyer handling legal aid case
    73-6
    Legal services organization
Disclosing information about clients to funding agency 79-5
    Employing law students to interview prospective clients to determine eligibility 70-1
    Instituting suit for ineligible clients and then seeking other counsel to step in
    68-2
    Represent one party or refer both opposing parties to private pro bono attorney
    92-1
    Representing conflicting interests
    67-37
    Staff attorney representing defendant when plaintiff represented by member of board
    69-24
    Supervising attorney influencing attorney's professional judgment
    78-15
Nonprofit corporation formed by lawyers to provide free legal assistance 71-69
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Legal Assistants and Nonlawyer Employees

Attending real estate closings 73-43, 89-5
Bonus
02-1
Business cards
71-39, 86-4, 89-4
Depositions taken by non-Florida Bar members
73-41
Dividing fee with nonlawyer employee impermissible
62-18, 89-4, 92-3, 94-6, 95-1, 95-2, 02-1
Drawing checks on trust account
64-40, 64-40 Rec.
Filing court documents using the lawyer's electronic credentials 12-2
Heir hunters
77-8, 97-3
Initial interview with client, conducting
88-6
Law clerks
70-1
Lawyers not admitted in Florida
61-14, 67-39, 68-49, 73-41
Legal services corporation employing law students to interview prospective clients to determine eligibility
70-1
Letterhead listings
61-14, 67-39, 68-49, 86-4, 89-4, 94-6
Marketing director
89-4
Mediation practice
94-6
Moving from one firm to another firm opposing it in litigation
86-5
Negotiating with insurance company adjusters
74-35
Nonadmitted lawyers
67-39, 68-49, 73-41
Outsourcing
07-2
Pension plan 68-58
Permissible activities
64-40, 64-40 Rec., 70-1, 70-62, 73-41, 73-43, 74-35, 88-6, 89-4, 89-5, 94-6, 95-1
Preparing real estate documents
73-43, 89-5
Signing
    Attorney's name on notice of hearing 87-11
    Discovery
    87-11
    Letters on firm's stationery
    86-4
Time billed separately to client 75-29, Consol. 76-33 & 76-38, 07-2
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Letterhead and Cards

Business cards
Corporate attorney located in but not admitted in Florida
70-44
    In-house attorney employed to represent insureds 98-3
    Leaving supply with bank officer
    62-69
    Listing residence address and telephone number
    62-42
    Marketing director
    89-4
    Nonlawyer employees
    71-39, 86-4
Congressman's name kept in firm name 70-64
"Juris Doctor" or "J.D." used on letterhead and cards 71-28, 88-2
Jurisdictional limitations of lawyers in interstate firm indicated
70-55
Letterhead
    "Consultant" designation Consol. 79-2 & 81-2
    Continued listing of lawyer accepting employment as general counsel for out-of-state corporation
    67-38
    Deceased partners listed
    64-20, 76-42
    Distinguishing between partners and associates
    77-17
    Dual professions shown
    79-3
    "Firm name" used by in-house attorneys
    98-3
    Firm that represents railroad company using company's stationery bearing legend "Division Counsel" or "Law Department"
    68-33
    Former judge's use of title "judge" A-09-1
    Former name of law firm indicated
    67-8, 76-42
    "General counsel" designation Consol.
    79-2 & 81-2
    In-house counsel using individual letterhead
    98-3
    Judge's name kept in firm name or on letterhead
    67-8
    Jurisdictions where admitted shown Consol.
    79-6 & 80-2
Listing lawyer
    Employed by firm but not admitted in Florida 61-14,
    Not employed in some capacity by firm
    76-8
    When relationship is limited to office-sharing and referrals
    72-29
    Who is a congressman
    70-64
    Who is a public official
    64-20, 67-8, 70-64
Multiple offices listed 65-25, 67-2
Name
    "Associates" used in name 86-1
    "Firm name" used by in-house attorneys
    98-3
Nickname used in law practice 74-20
Nonlawyer employees listed
61-14, 67-39, 68-49, 86-4, 94-6
"Of counsel", See Of Counsel.
Out-of-state
    Attorney listed when no partnership exists 64-59, 70-55
    Employed by firm but not admitted in Florida
    61-14
    Member practicing both individually and with firm
    76-7
Office maintained by only one member of partnership listed on partnership letterhead 67-2
Partners who are professional associations identified
79-1
Public official's name kept in firm name
70-64, 64-20, 67-8
Removal of name of partner on 18-month leave of absence
72-18
Retired member
76-42, 00-1
Trade names
93-6, 93-7, 94-6
Used
    For correspondence with other lawyers regarding nonlegal matters 74-10 (Rec.)
    To endorse political candidate
    62-45
    To solicit contributions to charity
    73-11, 74-10 (Rec.)
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Letters of Protection

Funding company, improper to issue to 00-3
Instituting interpleader action when client withdraws authority to pay medical bills
67-36
Settlement funds in which a third person claims an interest
02-4


Liens

Applying funds received from or on behalf of client
    In one case to fees owed for another case 62-15
    To satisfy judgment for fees 87-12, 87-12
Charging lien 71-60, 88-11, 88-11 Rec.
Contingent fee cases
71-57, 88-11, 88-11 Rec. Claimed when forwarding attorney demands portion of recovery as fee 68-37, 70-18, 76-29
Files
71-57, 88-11, 88-11 Rec.
Funds of or due client
62-15, 65-10, 68-37, 70-17, 82-2, 87-12
Papers and property
62-71, 65-10, 68-21, 71-67, 88-11, 88-11 (Rec.)
Revealing privileged information to establish right to charging lien
71-60
"Specific purpose" funds
82-2, 87-12
Statutory leins
02-4
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Litigation

Affidavits, lawyer signing for client 64-36
Contingent fee paid to consulting firm that provides expert witness
98-1
Duty to file suit to toll statute of limitations when client disappears
72-36, 72-36 Rec.
Frivolous suits
64-21
Inadvertent release of confidential information by adversary
93-3
Notarizing client's execution of pleadings
67-19
Perjury by client
75-19
Permitting nonlawyer representative of client bank to conduct deposition of judgment debtor
67-27
Pleadings prepared but not signed by lawyer
79-7, 79-7 REC
Preparing answer for signature of unrepresented opposing party
66-8
Sending notice of worthless check
85-3
Serving processor notice directly on represented opposing party when required by statute
89-6
Settlement conditioned on direct payment into checking account in client's name
00-2, 00-2 (Rec.)
Subpoenaing records known to be not germane to pending litigation
71-38
Trial publicity
65-43, 70-43
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Misconduct
Attorney pleading statute of limitations when sued 65-37
Creditor's attorney sending debtor deceptive form letter
68-2
Defending self against charges
70-40, 71-60
Discovery abuse
71-38
Frivolous litigation
64-21
Interviewing opposing party to investigate counsel's misconduct
88-4
Legal negligence not necessarily equivalent to ethical neglect
76-9
Partners' obligations when former partner misappropriated client funds
73-5
Reporting another lawyer's misconduct
76-47, 94-5


Newsletters and Notices
Informational newsletters to prospective clients A-99-1
Memorandum for testators on effects of changed circumstances on wills
64-60
Notification to testators of changes in law affecting wills
64-61
Requirements for Standing Committee on Advertising review
A-99-1



[Revised: 12-11-2012]