A Primer on the Enhanced Scrutiny in the Ethical Rules Impacting Domestic Relations Practitioners

By Chris McDonough and Joel R. Brandes

The New York Rules of Professional Conduct (“RPC”) are disciplinary rules which all lawyers are bound to follow. These rules were adopted effective April 1, 2009 and are published as Part 1200 of the Joint Rules of the Appellate Division (22 NYCRR 1200). Part 1400 of the Joint Rules of the Appellate Divisions contains additional specific disciplinary rules that apply to all attorneys who handle “domestic relations matters” (22 NYCRR 1400). Part 1400 was specifically “promulgated to address abuses in the practice of matrimonial law and to protect the public.1

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