Monday, September 29, 2008


That's The Florida Bar Ethics Hotline

One of my first questions to those that call me is "have you called the Florida Bar Ethics Hotline?"

Every Florida lawyer should have this number: in their cell phone, on a "sticky" attached to their computer monitor, in their wallet next to the AAA card.

The purpose of the hotline, according to The Florida Bar is to "help guide lawyers through the minefields of conflict dilemmas, confidentiality questions, communication concerns, trust accounting problems, and other ethics difficulties unique to the profession."

The Ethics Hotline can answer questions about your "own contemplated conduct," (not your "friend's") and not questions of law, questions about past conduct, or the subject of a pending grievance.

The opinions are oral, however to receive a written ethics opinion, which takes 3-5 weeks, lawyers may write to The Ethics Department, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. An ethics inquiry form is provided on the main ethics page of The Florida Bar website

Located in Miami, Florida, Brian Tannebaum practices Bar Admission and Discipline and Criminal Defense. Read his free ebook The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer. Please visit


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