FLORIDA BAR ETHICS OPINION
June 15, 1965
Advisory ethics opinions are not binding.
A lawyer does not necessarily commit ethical impropriety in asserting the statute of limitations
when sued unless the lawyer has done something to lull the other party into a false sense of
9, 11; Rule 11.02(4), Integration Rule
ABA Informal 273
Chairman Smith stated the opinion of the committee:
A member of The Florida Bar poses two questions for our consideration.
1. May an attorney ethically plead the statute of limitations when sued by his
landlord for unpaid rent? In this instance credit was extended by the landlord
because the attorney was commencing his practice and initially could not pay
2. May an attorney ethically plead the statute of limitations when sued for
repayment of funds which were delivered to the attorney to be forwarded to a
foreign attorney in payment for services rendered, or to be rendered, by the
In Opinion 273 in Appendix A of the compiled Opinions of the Professional Ethics
Committee of the American Bar Association it is stated in substance that an attorney may
ethically plead the statute of limitations in an action brought against him unless he has done
something to lull the other side into a sense of security. This Committee concurs with that
It should be noted with respect to the second inquiry, however, that the statutes of
limitations generally do not run against a trustee holding property in trust and that the attorney
may have violated Canon 11, which relates in part to misuse of trust funds of a client. Attention
is also directed to Rule 11.02(4) of the Integration Rule of The Florida Bar.