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Ethics Opinion No. 20

Adopted February 26, 1932 The Board of Governors is in receipt of the following communication from a member of The State Bar. “Recently many citizens of this community received through the mail from a certain trust company doing business in this state, a communication enclosed in an envelope in the upper left hand corner of…

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Ethics Opinion No. 21

Adopted December 26, 1932 The Board is in receipt of the following request for an opinion: “‘A’ and ‘B’ are partners engaged in the general practice of law. They desire to associate with them another member of the bar, ‘C’, on a salary but not as a partner. They desire to change the firm name…

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Ethics Opinion No. 22

Adopted February 26, 1932 The Board of Governors is in receipt of a communication from a member of The State Bar enclosing an original postal card, addressed to a member of the Bar by another member of the Bar. The postal card is as follows: “FOR LAWYERS, I write: BRIEFS, in all courts, State and…

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Ethics Opinion No. 23

Adopted March 25, 1932 The Board of Governors is in receipt of the following request for an opinion: “Plaintiff brings a suit upon a written instrument for money due. Defendant employs a member of the State Bar of Oklahoma and informs him that the amount claimed is due and unpaid and that he executed the…

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Ethics Opinion No. 24

Adopted March 25, 1932 The Board of Governors is in receipt of the following request from a member of The State Bar: “I have a client who is charged with murder. An attorney brought two damage suits against him for the minor children of the deceased on a contingent basis, with the words “Attorney’s Lien…

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Ethics Opinion No. 25

Adopted March 25, 1932 The Board of Governors is in receipt of the following communication: “Has the State Bar of Oklahoma ever passed upon whether or not the following constitutes unlawful practice of law? An accountant firm, which among other things handles tax matters for a foreign corporation, undertakes on behalf of its clients to…

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Ethics Opinion No. 26

Adopted April 29, 1932 The Board of Governors is in receipt of the following request for an Advisory Opinion: “When an attorney enters into a contingent fee contract on a fifty-fifty basis, and the cause is disposed of by recovery, either by compromise or suit, can the attorney take from the client’s portion of such…

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Ethics Opinion No. 27

Adopted April 29, 1932 The Board of Governors is in receipt of the following request for an advisory opinion: “I call to your attention Rule 38 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, prepared by the Governors of The State Bar of Oklahoma, and approved by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. This rule reads as follows:…

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Ethics Opinion No. 28

Adopted May 27, 1932 In two disciplinary proceedings had before the Board of Governors were incidently involved the ethics of a member of The State Bar in connection with bankruptcy proceedings. In both of them the member of the bar represented a client in obtaining his adjudication in voluntary bankruptcy, thereafter representing the bankrupt client…

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Ethics Opinion No. 29

Adopted May 27, 1932 A request for an opinion is requested on the following state of facts: A member of the bar was sent a note for collection containing the usual provision for attorney’s fees, a failure in the payment of an interest installment being imminent. The attorney purchased the note from his client, and,…

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