The South Carolina Bar Ethics Advisory Committee provides the full text of all ethics opinions since 1990 online. To find the opinion you need, simply use the search form below.

The opinions in this database contain the advice of the Committee based on the state of the law at the time of each opinion. Opinions are not updated to reflect changes in the Rules of Professional Conduct, more recent opinions, or other law. Further research may be necessary. Earlier opinions are available through Fastcase.

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  • Ethics Advisory Opinion 22-04

    The question posed is "May lawyer charge an amount to cover administrative costs associated with stop-payment fees and trust account check reissuance and re-mailing fees for checks that remain outstanding for more than 30 days after issuance? Summary: Yes, lawyer may charge a check recipient an amount to cover administrative measures undertaken to resolve the outstanding check, which includes expenses incurred such as stop payment fees and postage fees, provided the amount charged is not unreasonable.

  • Ethics Advisory Opinion 22-03

    The Rules of Professional Conduct impose no duty upon Inquirer to report this event. In the absence of a current attorney-client relationship with either the Institution or its president, Inquirer has no duty to provide legal advice to the president. Inquirer is prohibited under Rule 1.9 from using or disclosing the information unless it has become generally known as provided in 1.9(c)(1) or the institution provides informed consent as provided in Rule 1.6(a).

  • Ethics Advisory Opinion 22-02

    The opinion addresses the questions: 1. If an attorney or law firm pays for a featured placement on Expertise.com, does that attorney violate Rule 7.4(b) by holding the law firm and its attorneys out as experts by virtue of the website’s name? 2. Does paying for a featured placement on Expertise.com violate Rule 7.2(c)?

  • Ethics Advsory Opinion 22-01

    Does Lawyer have an ethical obligation to maintain the confidentiality of the information provided by the Sender since it was provided in the course of seeking legal advice?

  • Ethics Advsory Opinion 21-02

    1. Is the lawyer permitted to open up an additional trust account pursuant to South Carolina Appellate Court Rule 412, separate from his IOLTA account in an interest-bearing account? 2. Should the entire amount be placed in the account or should the entire sum minus the attorney’s fees and costs be placed into the account?