Opinions

All opinions of the Committee on Professional Ethics are available online here.  To locate a specific opinion or opinions, enter the opinion number or keyword in the appropriate search box below. Licensed attorneys may also call 877-953-5535 for access to opinions

The Committee on Professional Ethics issues opinions pursuant to Tex. Gov’t. Code §81.091- 81.095.  §81.091(a) states that “[t]he committee shall, either on its own initiative or when requested to do so by a member of the state bar, express its opinion on the propriety of professional conduct other than on a question pending before a court of this state.”   The nine members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

For proposed opinions open for comment, visit the State Bar of Texas website.

  • Opinion 79

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 79
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 230 (1966)
    Date: November 1953

    Would it be a violation of Canons of Ethics for a law firm to permit the use of its manuscript covers showing name and location of firm on Abstract Supplements and other work furnished by an abstract company in which a member or law firm is interested?  

    Read More

  • Opinion 78

    Canon: 9
    Opinion #: 78
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 229 (1966)
    Date: November 1953

    In litigation growing out of automobile collision, would it be a violation of the Canons of Ethics for the plaintiff's counsel to communicate directly with defendant, with copy to the attorney who represents defendant and defendant's insurance carrier, offering to settle for a certain sum and advising that if the insurance company refuses to settle within policy limits, it must assume responsibility for a verdict in excess of policy limits?  

    Read More

  • Opinion 77

    Canon: 39, 42
    Opinion #: 77
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 229 (1966)
    Date: September 1953

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics of either the Texas bar or the American Bar for a lawyer to use a card or letterhead in the following form: John Q. Public, Counselor and Attorney at Law Tax Practice Exclusive (Address) (City) John Q. Public, Counselor and Attorney at Law State and Federal Income, Estate and Inheritance Tax Practices (Exclusive) (Address) (City)  

    Read More

  • Opinion 76

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 76
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 229 (1966)
    Date: September 1953

    Where an attorney has knowledge of an individual's interest in a trust fund, of which right the individual is ignorant, would it be a violation of the Canons of Ethics for such attorney to approach the individual and make the facts known to him on a contract percentage based on the amount of the trust fund?  

    Read More

  • Opinion 75

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 75
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 228 (1966)
    Date: June 1953

    Under Article 3502 of the Revised Civil Statutes an executor or administrator of an estate. within one month after receiving letters, is required to publish in some newspaper printed in the county, a notice requiring all persons having claims against the estate to present same within the time prescribed by law. Is it a violation of any of the Canons of Ethics for such notice, in addition to the information required by statute to be contained in said notice, to contain an additional line which gives the name of the attorney who represents said estate?  

    Read More

  • Opinion 74

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 74
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 228 (1966)
    Date: June 1953

    Shortly after Opinion No. 66 was released by this committee, which opinion was, in substance, that it would be a violation of Canon 6 for an attorney who represents an estate to file a claim on behalf of a third person against the estate and to request an attorney's fee from said estate for the collection of said claim, the following state of facts was submitted for a ruling: A man dies, leaving debts, largely those of last illness and burial. His heirs decline to take out an administration. Various creditors of the estate employ an attorney to take out an administration, and to undertake to collect their claims. Such attorney takes out an administration, and one of the creditors is appointed as administrator. The principal asset of the estate consisted of an insurance policy, which the attorney was required to reduce to cash in a contest with a third party who was not an heir or creditor of the estate. Based upon the foregoing state of facts, would it be a violation of the Canons of Ethics for such attorney to receive fees from these various creditors for the collection of their claims, and also to receive a fee from the estate for his services in reducing the insurance policy to cash as an asset of the estate against the claim of the third party who was not an heir or a creditor of the estate?  

    Read More

  • Opinion 73

    Canon: 24, 42
    Opinion #: 73
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 227 (1966)
    Date: May 1953

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney to send a double post card to a life insurance company soliciting business in the preparation of annual statements and income tax returns for insurance companies at stated fees of $50.00 and $15.00, respectively? The reply card provided places to check the work desired as to annual statements and income tax returns, and also stated: "Prepare other work as follows Organize New Company C Change Name C Change Premium Plan C Revise Policy, etc."  

    Read More

  • Opinion 72

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 72
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 227 (1966)
    Date: April 1953

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for a lawyer to use a card in the following form: (Name of Attorney) Counselor and Attorney at Law Wills - Estates - Personal Injury Insurance and Divorce (Street Address) (Name of town) The inquiry submitted asked if the form of the card itself exceeded the language of Canon 39 which permits the listing of "special branches of the profession practiced."  

    Read More

  • Opinion 71

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 71
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 226 (1966)
    Date: April 1953

    1.   Is it a violation of the Texas Canons of Ethics for a lawyer to draw a will for a client, in which will such lawyer is named as the executor and also as the attorney for the estate? 2.   Is it a violation of any of the Texas Canons of Ethics for a lawyer to draw such will if, in addition to the facts stated in (1) hereof, said lawyer is also named as a beneficiary under the terms of the will?  

    Read More

  • Opinion 70

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 70
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 226 (1966)
    Date: March 1953

    1.   Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics, when rendering a statement for services, to enclose in the same envelope a mimeographed copy, or a printed copy furnished by the magazine, of an article which the lawyer thinks should be brought to his client's attention, provided nothing is added to the copy, such as the lawyers name and address? 2.   Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for the lawyer to mail his client such an article, without a letter or other enclosure, in the envelope which the lawyer uses in his regular course of business?  

    Read More

Displaying results 611-620 (of 689)
 |<  <  58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67  >  >| 

Subscription  ❯

Get your Texas CLE hours and so much more!

Sign In

Cancel

Forgot Password?
Don’t have an account, create one.