Rule 1.8 (e) of the MRPC prohibits a lawyer from providing “financial assistance” to a client who is not expressly exempt. The only exceptions are “justice costs” and “justice costs.” Potential financial assistance in the form of compensation liability, covered by the compensation agreement, is intended for “medical invoices, medical deposits and workers` compensation rights”, which clearly do not constitute legal costs and go well beyond legal costs. In short, the compensation agreement contains the lawyer`s guarantee to pay a client`s debts after payment of a case. Court and court costs are much more limited costs associated with filing the complaint and preparing and handling cases. For example, filing fees, filing fees and witness fees. The compensation agreement is incidental to the transaction and separate from the preparation and negotiation of the case. Since a lawyer cannot directly provide such financial assistance to a client, counsel cannot promise to provide such assistance indirectly. (a) A lawyer owns a client or third party owned by a lawyer in connection with a separate representation of the lawyer`s property. The funds are held in a separate account in the state where the law firm is located or in another location, with the consent of the client or a third party.
Other objects are recognizable as such and must be adequately protected. The complete records of these and other account funds are kept by the lawyer and kept for a period of five years from the termination of the representation…. (d) If funds or other assets of interest to a client or third party are received, a lawyer must notify the client or third party immediately. Unless authorized to the contrary or contrary under this rule or in agreement with the client, a lawyer must immediately provide the client or a third party with funds or other assets to which the client or a third party is entitled and, at the request of the client or third party, to carry out a full accounting of this property without delay. (e) When a lawyer is in possession, as part of the representation of a client, of property on which two or more persons (one of whom may be the lawyer) are asserting interests, the property is held separately by counsel until the dispute is resolved. The lawyer immediately distributes all parts of the estate on which the interests are not in dispute. The main ethical problem in the conditioning of a transaction contract on the insurance of a lawyer against the rights of pawn is that the interests of the lawyer are clearly at odds with his clients.