New Jersey Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics Decisions

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Recent Decisions From the New Jersey Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics

Lawyers May Not Threaten Sanctions for Noncompliance When Sending a Subpoena Duces Tecum by Mail
Date: October 30, 2015
Docket Number: acp7291 The Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics received an inquiry from a lawyer who asked whether, consistent with the Rules of Professional Conduct, he may include language threatening sanctions for noncompliance when he sends a subpoena duces tecum by mail.
ERISA-Governed Health Benefits Plans and Subrogation Agreements
Date: September 19, 2013
Docket Number: acp727-1
Conflict of Interest - Government Lawyers
Date: June 24, 2013
Docket Number: acp726-1
Selling Law Firm Accounts Receivable to a Third Party or Retaining a Collection Agency For Collection of Fees Payable by Former Clients
Date: March 7, 2012
Docket Number: acp7231
Attorney Agreement With Surety Company As Condition for Issuance of Bond to Estate Administrator Client
Date: December 1, 2010
Citation: 202 N.J.L.J. 997
Docket Number: acp719-1
The Bona Fide Office Requirement and Listing of Offices on Letterhead, Websites, or Other Advertisements
Date: March 25, 2010
Citation: 200 N.J.L.J. 54
Docket Number: acp718-1
The Bona Fide Office Requirement and Listing of Offices on Letterhead, Websites, or Other Advertisements
Date: March 25, 2010
Citation: 200 N.J.L.J. 54
Docket Number: caa41-1
Contingency Fees in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters
Date: March 3, 2010
Docket Number: acp717-1 Whether is is acceptable to offer contingency fee arrangements in various Municipal Court criminal and quasi-criminal cases.
Lawyers Performing Loan or Mortgage Modification Services for Homeowners
Date: July 6, 2009
Citation: 197 N.J.L.J. 59
Docket Number: acp716-1
Lawyers Performing Loan or Mortgage Modification Services for Homeowners
Date: July 6, 2009
Citation: 197 N.J.L.J. 59
Docket Number: cua45-1
Conditioning Entry of a Plea or Entry Into Pretrial Intervention on Defendant's Release From Civil Liability and Hold-Harmless Agreement
Date: October 27, 2008
Citations: 17 N.J.L. 2084, 194 N.J.L.J. 451
Docket Number: acp714-1
Contingency Fees In Consumer Protection Cases
Date: October 27, 2008
Docket Number: acp715-1 Inquirer represents debtors against creditors in consumer protection actions that statutorily provide for recovery of attorneys' fees, and asks about an arrangement under which 50 percent of the net sum recovered after deduction of disbursements would be provided to the client and the other 50 percent would be payable as contingent legal fees. Inquirer notes that R. 1:21-7(c) generally permits a maximum contingency fee of 33 1/3 percent in certain cases, and inquires whether the proposed arrangement of a 50 percent contingency fee on a recovery that includes an award of attorneys' fees would be consistent with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
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