The ethical questions that will arise in the mind of any attorney using another attorney's services concern four main areas:
(1) client confidentiality
(2) conflicts of interest
(3) disclosure to clients, and
(4) billing arrangements
Please click on the links below for the answers to the following questions:
- Must I disclose to my client that another attorney will be doing some legal research and writing in the case?
- How should these services be billed to clients?
- Why doesn't an out-of-state attorney providing legal services in my state run afoul of my jurisdiction's Rules of Professional Conduct?
A note on client billing:
While concerns about client confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and disclosure are essentially the same in all jurisdictions, billing issues are almost as varied as the states themselves.
For this reason, I provide separate explanatory pages regarding billing practices on this website: