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Ohio Panel Analyzes Commercial Web Sites That Link Lawyers With Prospective Clients

Source | 2017-06-26T18:41:16+00:00 May 11th, 2001|Categories: LegalEthics, Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ohio lawyers may not participate in a commercial law-related Web site that provides them with clients if the arrangement entails prohibited payment for referrals or if the business is engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. (Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, Op. 2001-2 (April 6, 2001). When an attorney is contacted by a law-related commercial Web site company that offers to make available, in some manner, the attorney’s name, address, phone number, area of practice, or other information to potential clients in exchange for the attorney providing compensation to the company, the attorney must be extremely cautious. The opinion distinguishes between payments for advertising and payments for referrals.