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Using Avvo Legal Services Is Unethical, NY Bar Says

Law360, New York (August 10, 2017, 8:30 PM EDT) -- Participating in the popular legal referral service Avvo Legal Services is unethical for lawyers in New York, the state bar association has found in one of two opinions discussing lead-generation sites.

The New York State Bar Association’s professional ethics committee found Tuesday that Avvo Legal Services, which both rates attorneys and lets potential clients search by geographic area and legal topic, charges automatic marketing fees that run afoul of New York ethics rules barring attorneys from paying for ratings.

“A lawyer may not pay the current...
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