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In Memory of
Robert Podwil

  Ethics and Confidentiality

I.P. Paralegal Services® respects the confidentiality of its Lawyer-clients as well as Lawyers' own ethical obligations to maintain the confidentiality of their clients' information.

In addition, I.P. Paralegal Services® honors Lawyers' responsibilities regarding Nonlawyer Assistants, such as Paralegals and in particular, Freelance Paralegals.

For this reason, I.P. Paralegal Services® pledges the following:
  • To keep abreast of any changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association Center for Responsibility, especially with regard to:

    • Rule 1.6: Confidentiality of Information

    • Rule 5.3: Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants

    • Rule 5.4: Professional Independence of a Lawyer

    • Rule 5.5: Unauthorized Practice of Law

  • Execute the attached Confidentiality Agreement for each Lawyer-client.

  • Seek out and understand Formal Opinions issued by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility such as:

    • Formal Opinion 95-398, "Access of Nonlawyers to Lawyer's Data Base", October 27, 1995.

  • Seek out and adhere to laws pertaining to the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)

  • Avoid even the appearance of the Unauthorized Practice of Law by:

    • Hold fast to our motto: "Lawyers are our only clientsSM".
    • Work only under the supervision of a Lawyer.
    • Turn away nonlawyers requesting services.

  • Observing the National Federation of Paralegal Associations' Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
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