State Bar of South Dakota

Ethics Opinion 80-6

January 19, 1981

The State Bar Ethics Committee has considered the subject of indebtedness incurred for professional services on behalf of clients by lawyers and the committee unanimously agreed to issued Ethics opinion No. 80-6 which is as follows:

"It is professional misconduct for an attorney to deny responsibility for the payment of compensation for services rendered by doctors, engineers, accountants, other attorneys, or other persons, if the attorney has ordered or requested the services without informing the provider of the service, by express written statement at the time of the order or request, that he will not be responsible for payment."

Max Gruenwald
Chair, Ethics Committee