Our opinion on South Carolina Advisory Opinion 16-06

A recent advisory opinion from the South Carolina Bar Ethics Advisory Committee has determined that a “fixed-fee legal referral service” offered by “an attorney directory website” violates South Carolina ethics rules related to advertising and splitting fees.

The service referred to is a thinly veiled reference to Avvo Legal Services, making Avvo the “attorney directory website.” It’s probably no surprise that we at Avvo disagree. The opinion misunderstands Avvo Legal Services and...

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