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Phone/Audio Streaming 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Program: 1:00-2:00p

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Use of credit cards for virtually every expense, large and small, has become commonplace, to the point where many lawyers now accept credit cards from clients.

Credit cards may be used for fees, expenses, retainers or for other purposes.

This concession to the larger reality of the market, however, raises many ethical questions.

  • Can lawyers pass on credit card processing fees (which can be substantial on larger invoices) to clients?
  • What happens if a client’s credit card company charges back fees?
  • How does a lawyer maintain confidentiality when he or she has a dispute with a credit card company – or the client has a dispute with the credit card company?

These and many issues arise when lawyers accept credit cards from clients.

This program provides a guide to ethical issues when credit cards are accepted and used in law practice.

  • Ethical issues when clients use credit cards to pay attorneys’ fees, costs, and retainers
  • Passing on credit card processing fees to clients – and related Truth-in-Lending issues and tax penalties
  • Ethical 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 – duties to client v. contract with credit card company
  • Use of credit cards to fund a retainer and related trust fund accounting issues – trust funds v. operating funds
  • Creditor claims against trust fund accounts
  • Leftover client funds and proper trust fund accounting
Product Information
Date Presented:
March 23, 2018 1:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
NCBA Member Price:
Non-Member Price:
Lawyer Ethics and Credit Cards | Live Replay from June 22, 2017 | Phone/Audio Streaming

Program Information and Tuition: 

  • Program time and length: 1:00-2:00p EST (1 hour per program)
  • What is a Phone/Audio Streaming Seminar?
  • Phone/Audio Streaming seminars do not count against the State Bar's six-hour credit limit (per credit year) for computer-based CLE.
  • The instructions and materials are posted under "My Courses". 
  • Passports are not accepted for Phone/Audio Streaming seminars.
  • Co-Sponsored with Webcredenza
NCBA Member $80
Non-Member $80


Speaker Information
Thomas E Spahn  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
NC State Bar
Ethics/Professional Responsibility: 1.00
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