• June 22, 2011

The “subject line,” above, is an attempt at eye-catching humor.  Stealing from clients will STILL be ok after July 1.

The “introductory line,” immediately above, is another feeble joke.

It is not ok and never has been ok for Minnesota lawyers to steal money from clients (see, for example, Michael S. Margulies).

On the other hand, in recent years, there has been some confusion and some condemnation of so-called “non-refundable retainers,” by which Minnesota lawyers were collecting up-front money “for keeps” regardless of whether the lawyers worked sufficient time on a matter to “earn” the money.  This practice might actually result in lower fees for clients, at least in theory, but  as of July 1, 2011, Minnesota lawyers are on notice that such practices may violate Minnesota’s rules of professional conduct for lawyers.

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