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Ethics Opinions and Practical Ethics Articles: 1984 - 1989
The NH Bar Association Ethics Committee

A Note About Ethics Materials from the NH Bar Association Ethics Committee: Care should be exercised in determining which version of a given Rule applies as of a given date, and the extent to which the interpretation of a given opinion or article will apply to such version.  Many interpretations of New Hampshire ethics law (including most of the opinions and practical ethics articles cited below) have been published under the prior version of the Rules of Professional Conduct or predecessor rules.  Continue reading

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New Ethics Code Effective Jan. 1, 2008. The Rules of Professional Conduct were comprehensively revised effective January 1, 2008. The current text may be found on the Supreme Court's website, The New Hampshire version of the Rules differs from the ABA Model Rules, which may be found on the ABA's website. Other states have adopted other variations. The New Hampshire Comments generally highlight differences between the current New Hampshire Rules and the ABA Model Rules.

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♦ All of our Ethics Opinions are now posted on the NH Casemaker Web Library available through the For Members section. Practical Ethics articles are posted below, grouped by the date they were written.
1989-90 Ethics Opinions
#1989-90/17Conflicts of Interest/Multiple Representation of Parties in Commercial Litigation
#1989-90/15Marital Mediation: Representing Both Parties
#1989-90/14Division of Fees Between Lawyers
#1989-90/12Attorney/Realtor Related Questions
#1989-90/11LRIS Fee Sharing Arrangement
#1989-90/9Employee Leasing - Law Firm Partners
#1989-90/4Letterhead Listing: Elected Public Official/Firm Member
#1989-90/2Confidentiality: Off-Site Storage of Closed Client Files
#1989-90/1Attorney's Representation of Community Land Trusts
1989 Practical Ethics Articles
Sept. 1989Duty to Report Unethical Conduct
1988-89 Ethics Opinions
#1988-89/26 Contingency Fee Agreements in Workers' Compensation Cases
#1988-89/25 Charging Interest on Unpaid Statements
#1988-89/24 Municipal Representation: Appearances Before Town Land Use Board, Actions Against the Town or Representation of Criminal Defendants
#1988-89/22 Conflict of Interest: Public Service
#1988-89/21 Advertising: Acceptance of Credit Cards
#1988-89/20 Relationship With Out-of-State Attorney
#1988-89/19 Confidentiality: Revealing Client Scheme to Defraud
#1988-89/18 Legal Intern Appearance Before State Appeals Board
#1988-89/17 Fee Arrangements: Union Charge for Case Settlement Services - Workers' Comp
#1988-89/16Disposition of Unused Client Funds When Client Cannot Be Located
#1988-89/15 Conflict of Interest: Guardian Ad Litem Representation for a Civil Suit
#1988-89/14 Client/File Retention -Transfer to a New Firm
#1988-89/13 Confidentiality: Provision of Information to Funding Source
#1988-89/12 Conflicts of Interest: Appearances Before City Land Use Boards or Actions Against the City by Members of Firm When...
#1988-89/11 Conflict of Interest: Representation of Police Prosecutor
#1988-89/9 Fees: Arrangement Which Effectively Passes Costs on to a Third Party
#1988-89/8 Conflict of Interest: Lawyer-Official/Lawyer-Legislator Appearing Before Certain Agencies/Forums
#1988-89/6 Conflict of Interest: Representation of Separated Parties
#1988-89/5 Letterhead Listing - Affiliated Law Firms
#1988-89/3 Town Moderator Representation of Clients Before the Same Town Board
#1988-89/2 Letterhead Listing - Use of "Of Counsel" Designation by Inactive Bar Member
1988 Practical Ethics Articles
July 1988Client Misconduct
Aug. 1988Contingent Fee Agreements
1987-88 Ethics Opinions
#1987-88/17Fees: Responsibility of Attorney to Participate in Fee Dispute Resolution Process
#1987-88/16Guardian Ad Litem Fees in Divorce Proceedings Involving Non-Indigent Individuals
#1987-88/15Contingent Fees in Property Division and Custody Disputes Between Unmarried Persons
#1987-88/13Conflict of Interest: Municipal Prosecutor Representing Criminal Defendants in same District Court
#1987-88/9Ethical Consideration in Attorney-Fiduciary Role (Dual Capacity; Conflict of Interest; Fees)
#1987-88/8Collection of Fees: Submission of Client Name to Credit Bureau
#1987-88/7Conflicts of Interest: Serving on and Appearing Before a Land Use Board
#1987-88/5Conflicts of Interest: Service as a Member of an Adjudicating Board and Attorney Within the Same Governmental Department
#1987-88/3Marital Mediation/Consultation by Retired Attorney
#1987-88/2Dual Practice: Attorney as a Realtor
#1987-88/1 Conflict of Interest: Appearing Before a Governmental Board by a Temporary Board Member
1987 Practical Ethics Articles
Feb. 1987May Attorneys Reveal Client Confidences to Prevent Certain Criminal Acts?
Feb. 1987- 2The Ethical Considerations in Office Sharing
Feb. 1987- 3The Lawyer as Intermediary
March 1987Retention of Client Files
May 1987Law Firm Use of Outside Service Providers
June 1987Lawyer Fee Agreements
Aug. 1987Representing the Corporation
Nov. 1987Conflict of Interest: Former Client
1986-87 Ethics Opinions
#1986-87/14aAdvertising: Direct Mail/14a
#1986-87/11Payment of Fees to Lawyer Referral Service
#1986-87/10Part-Time/Of Counsel Working Agreements: Potential Conflicts
#1986-87/8Client Files
#1986-87/7Conflict of Interest - New Client and Former Client
#1986-87/4Fees, Costs and Expenses Secured by Mortgage Instruments
#1986-87/3Retention of Pro Bono/LRIS Records
#1986-87/2Representing Both Parties in Marital Mediation
#1986-87/1Retention of File Notes When Turning a File Over to Client or Subsequent Counsel
1986 Practical Ethics Articles
March 1986Attorney Advertising: A Major Transition
April 1986Attorneys' Liens
May 1986Part-Time Judge Conflicts
July 1986Delay, Frivolousness and Harassment
Aug. 1986Client Solicitation
Aug. 1986-2New Rules of Professional Conduct Raise Issues of Attorney Supervision, Use of Nonlaywer Personnel
Sept. 1986New Rules Stress Attorney's Duty to Avoid Conflicts of Interest
Sept. 1986-2Trial Publicity Under Rule 3.6 of the NH Rules of Professional Conduct
Sept. 1986-3When a Law Firm Splits Up
1985-86 Ethics Opinions
#1985-86/9Advertising: Self-Designation of Fields of Practice in a Lawyer Directory
#1985-86/7Advertising: Signs/Letterhead
#1985-86/6Candor Toward the Tribunal: Client Intent to Commit Perjury
#1985-86/5Dissolution of Professional Association
#1985-86/4Client Confidences: Obligation to Retain/Relinquish Documents
#1985-86/3Insurance Counsel: Acceptance of a Referral From an Insurance Company
#1985-86/2Advertising: Multiple Jurisdictions
#1985-86/1Client Confidences: Obligation to Protect or Disclose
1984-85 Ethics Opinions
#1984-85/22Payment of Assigned Counsel Fees by Former Indigent Criminal Defendant
#1984-85/19Out-of-State Counsel: NH Practice/Fee Splitting
#1984-85/18Municipal Representation Conflicts
#1984-85/17Disposition of Stolen Property
#1984-85/16Spouse Attorneys
#1984-85/15INQUIRY - Attorneys Liens
#1984-85/14Preservation of Client Confidences: Former Lawyer as Witness
#1984-85/12Client Confidences: Obligation to Protect/Disclose (Probation Violation)
#1984-85/11Disposition of Client Funds When Client Cannot Be Located
#1984-85/10Municipal Representation Conflicts: County Attorney/City Councilor
#1984-85/9Dual Professions: Attorney - Realtor
#1984-85/7Contingency Fee: Extension of Fee Agreement to Medical Consulting Service
#1984-85/5Attorney - Client Privilege
#1984-85/4Taking Statements From an Opposing Party
#1984-85/3Municipal Representation Conflicts: "Of Counsel" Conflict
#1984-85/2Referrals to a Law School Clinic From a State Agency
#1984-85/1Credit Cards: Use for Payment of Legal Fees

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