Wisconsin Ethics Opinions

Product ID: AK0049
Published By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE
ISBN: 978-1-57862-37-1

Wisconsin Ethics Opinions contains the complete text of opinions issued since 1954 — including Formal and Informal Opinions and Memorandum Decisions –by the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Ethics. With its easy-to-read format and detailed subject index, this book greatly facilitates your research.

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Wisconsin Ethics Opinions contains the complete text of opinions issued since 1954 — including Formal and Informal Opinions and Memorandum Decisions –by the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Ethics. With its easy-to-read format and detailed subject index, this book greatly facilitates your research.

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614+ pp.; 2nd ed. 2016-2017
(Includes 2018-2019 supplement)

Summary of contents

  • Introduction
  • How to Use This Book
  • Table of Opinions
  • Memorandum Opinions
  • Informal Opinions
  • Formal Opinions
  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys (SCR Chapter 20)
  • Areas of Practice Index
  • Subject Index

Stay current with the most recent suppplement

The 2018-2019 supplement includes a number of changes such as:

  • A new formal ethics opinion that discussed potential ethics-related concerns arising from in-house counsel’s provision of legal services to the customers of the attorney’s non-law-firm employer
  • A new formal ethics opinion that addressed whether a conflict of interest might arise out of an attorney’s preparation of a form contract for a client
  • Revised ethics opinions concerning (1) an attorney’s duty to be candid with the court about the number of a defendant’s prior convictions and (2) ethical duties relating to metadata
  • Recent Ethical Dilemmas columns written by the State Bar ethics counsel on various ethics-related concerns

The 2016-17 revision includes recent formal and informal ethics opinions on the following topics:

  • Duty of confidentiality regarding disclosure of the identities of current and former clients
  • How long closed client files should be kept and steps to take before destroying closed client files
  • Surrendering a client’s file upon termination of the representation
  • Ethical obligations when using cloud computing
  • Accepting employment from clients of a firm’s financial planning and counseling business
  • Whether two law firms jointly pursuing a claim for monetary recovery on behalf of two separate clients may charge a contingency fee to be divided by the two firms
  • Possible ethical violations of a public defender serving on a crime prevention funding board
  • Whether certain payments from a firm constitute retirement benefits that can permissibly be conditioned on non-competition provisions
  • Referring to advanced fees and retainers as “nonrefundable,” in client communications

In addition, this revision includes “Ethical Dilemmas” columns from the State Bar of Wisconsin’s electronic newsletter, InsideTrack, that are written by the State Bar ethics counsel. It also contains the full text of the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, SCR ch. 20, as updated since 2011.

For an in depth view of the content in this book, please click to view Table of Contents.

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