Rules of Professional Conduct Related Ethical Opinions

6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service

87-07: Conflicts; Solicitation; Pro Bono

Permissible to solicit pro bono employment from prospective indigent client, provided there is no motive for pecuniary gain. Attorney may pay costs of litigation, or request client to pay as much as possible, or receive payment from a third party.

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87-23: Professional Independence of Lawyers; Direct Contact with Prospective Clients

Attorney participating with nonlawyer financial planner in presenting seminars for general public on financial planning, estate planning, and probate problems.

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89-10: Confidentiality of Information; Conflict of Interest; Professional Independence of Lawyer

It is ethically proper for a lawyer or law firm to accept credit cards for the payment of legal fees and retainers. The acceptance of credit cards does not infringe upon the confidential nature of communications between an attorney and a client, nor does it represent a conflict of interest or an interference with the attorney's professional independence. The lawyer and the client must enter into an agreement as to which party will bear the lender’s discount; the client must fully understand the terms of this agreement.

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91-16: Pro Bono Activities

Attorney, who serves as a judge pro tem without pay, may properly count such judicial activity as pro bono publico service under ER 6.1, as amended.

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93-08: Conflicts

Attorneys in Attorney General's office may ethically handle pro bono cases for Volunteer Lawyers Program if appropriate screening for conflicts occurs.

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