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Ethics and Client Money: Trust Funds, Expenses, Setoffs & More (Teleseminar)
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Ethics and Client Money: Trust Funds, Expenses, Setoffs & More (Teleseminar)

1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour

When: 05/26/2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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Ethics and Client Money: Trust Funds, Expenses, Setoffs & More  - 1 CLE hour, including 1 Ethics hour

Whenever an attorney takes money from a client – for fees billed, to cover expenses, or money held in trust in one form or another – there are substantial ethical issues involved.  Many ethical complaints arise from client accusations that an attorney mishandled funds.  In billing and collecting fees and expenses, there are issues about whether the fees and expenses were explained in advance and are proper in amount.  If an attorney accepts credit cards from clients, there significant issue related to disclosure, Truth-in-Lending laws, chargebacks, pass-through of merchant processing fees, and confidentiality.  In trust funds, there are issues of segregation of funds, accounting, setoff of dispute amounts, and more. This program will provide you with a practical guide to the many ethical issues that arise when attorneys, clients, and money mix.  

Attorney ethics when taking, holding and disbursing client money 
Common ethical traps in trust fund accounting and the risks of set-offs of disputed amounts
Disclosure and documentation of trust accounting of client money
Accepting credit card payments from clients 
Issues when credit card companies chargeback funds paid to a lawyer or from a trust account
Confidentiality when a client has a dispute with his credit card company
Use of credit cards to fund a retainer and related trust fund accounting issues 
Accepting gifts from clients – what’s permissible, what’s not?


Thomas E. Spahn
is a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP, where he has a broad complex commercial, business and securities litigation practice. He also has a substantial practice advising businesses on properly creating and preserving the attorney-client privilege and work product protections.  For more than 20 years he has lectured extensively on legal ethics and professionalism and has written “The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine: A Practitioner’s Guide,” a 750 page treatise published by the Virginia Law Foundation.  Mr. Spahn has served as member of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and as a member of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Elizabeth Treubert Simon is of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where the primary focus of her practice is the defense of attorneys and other professionals, trademark and copyright infringement litigation and insurance coverage litigation. She also provides counsel to insurers regarding insurance coverage and counsels clients regarding professional ethics and attorney disciplinary procedures.  Ms. Simon is a member of the Committee on Professional Discipline of the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Legal Ethics Committee.  She received her B.A. and M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

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