“The legal profession’s relative autonomy carries with it a responsibility to assure that its regulations are conceived in the public interest...”—Preamble, North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct
The North Carolina State Bar has released its Annual Report for 2017.
This list contains new laws and bills of interest to the legal profession that were introduced or considered by the General Assembly in 2017. This update is provided for informational purposes only, is not exhaustive, and does not constitute endorsement of or opposition to any particular item.
The North Carolina State Bar learned of a scam targeting owners of timeshares.
The NC State Bar has been notified of an email scam. The email is from “Ethics Board” and urges recipient to click on links to review complaints against the attorney. This is a malware scam - do NOT open.
A bill has been introduced in the Senate that seeks to amend the North Carolina Constitution to provide for two-year terms of office for Justices and Judges.
The State Bar participated in the Wire Fraud Prevention Best Practices webinar from the NC Closing Task Force.
The North Carolina State Bar has learned that a caller representing an entity named “Small Business Growth Alliance” is calling lawyers and telling them that their IOLTA accounts are due for audit. The caller falsely claims that Small Business Growth Alliance is authorized by the State Bar to perform random audits and tries to schedule the audits.
The North Carolina State Bar has received inquiries from members of the public about letters sent to them by “Mason C. Donovan.” The letters indicate that Mason C. Donovan is a North Carolina lawyer practicing with the Charlotte firm “Donovan and Paquette.”
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Unauthorized Practice of Law Complaint Form
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Fee Dispute Resolution Form
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