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Bars Warn of Outsourcing Ethics Traps


Three recent ethics opinions provide some guidance for lawyers who outsource work overseas.

If a client has a reasonable expectation that a retained attorney will be handling a legal matter, the attorney has a duty to disclose that the work will be outsourced, according to an opinion (PDF) by a San Diego County Bar committee posted by the National Law Journal.

The New York City and Los Angeles County bar associations also warned that attorneys should charge appropriate fees in outsourced cases, protect client confidences and remain responsible for the final work product, the National Law Journal reports.

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