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Another bar association approves offshore legal services, with caveats (Assoc. of Bar of the City of NY)

In the summer of 2006, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics weighed in with a formal opinion on the ethics of overseas legal outsourcing. LegalEase Solutions distributed a summary of that opinion, which found the use of lawyers in India and other countries perfectly appropriate so long as a US lawyer adequately supervises the work.

Second, the law firm that uses offshore assistance has an obligation under certain circumstances to notify the client, obligations that do not limit law department lawyers at all: “[T]he hiring attorney does have a duty to disclose the outsourcing when non-lawyers will play a significant role in the matter, when client confidences are to be shared, when the client expects that only the law firm and its personnel will be working on the matter, or when non-lawyers are to be billed to clients on a basis other than cost.”

Having just written about surcharges on contract attorneys (See my post of Feb. 16, 2007 on up to 200% add-ons.), I paid attention to one other sentence. “In fact, absent a specific agreement with the client, a New York attorney should charge no more than the direct cost of the outsourcing and a reasonable allocation of direct overhead expenses from the outsourcing.”

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One response to “Another bar association approves offshore legal services, with caveats (Assoc. of Bar of the City of NY)”

  1. Alva Christine says:

    An offshore assistant provides virtual assistance service to his clients both to small business concerns and large corporations. He works for a concern which is outside his country.
    A Virtual Assistant provides administrative assistance services which include BPO services, typing work, mailing service, organizing meetings, preparing invoice, planning events, etc. He can do any work for you.
    You can gain advantage by working with a Virtual Assistance. A Virtual Assistant is at all times available at your service whenever desired. He can very well aid you with any business activity. So you need not hire a person and pay him high salary and other benefits. You need not hire extra staff to complete your project works. You only need to pay for the task that is outsourced.
    We have outsourced our service to VServe Solution ( and Diksha research from India which are best at its service and I would gladly recommend these outsourcing companies. The service provided by the company is cost effective and reliable and they make sure to complete the project on time. They provide absolute service to their clients by constantly contacting the clients to get up-to-date information from them. You can outsource any service to these companies and see that the job is done with perfection and dedication.