Formal Ethics Opinion 96-403 (Downloadable)
American Bar Association - Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice ABA
View Cart & Check Out
ABA Web Store
...the source you trust for practical legal information.

Members of the The Center for Professional Responsibility receive a discount on this book. Join the Center or visit the The Center for Professional Responsibility website to learn more about the valuable resources included with your membership.

The Center for Professional Responsibility

Sign In

View Cart & Check Out

Track Orders

Shipping Rates


Administrative Law

Admiralty Law

Antitrust Law

Appellate Advocacy

Banking Law

Bankruptcy Law

Bar Admissions

Bar Associations



Business Law

Career Development

Children and the Law

Civil Practice & Procedure

Commercial Law

Communications & Media Law

Constitutional Law

Construction Law

Consumer Law

Corporate Law


Criminal Law

Disability Law

Dispute Resolution

E-Commerce & Cyberspace Law

Education Law

Elder Law

Employee Benefits

Energy & Natural Resources Law

Entertainment & Sports Law

Environmental Law

Estate Planning

Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Ethics Opinions


Family Law

Financial Management

Franchise Law

General Practice

Government Law

Health Law

Human Rights Law

Immigration Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual Property Law

International Law

Labor & Employment Law

Land Use Law

Law Day

Law Practice Management

Law School, Law Students

Lawyer Assistance Programs

Lawyers' Professional Liability

Legal Aid/Public Defender

Legal Education

Legal Research & Writing

Legal Services

Legal Technology


Management / Organizational Skills


Mergers & Acquisitions

National Security Law

Nonprofit Law

Paralegals & Legal Assistants

Partnerships & Unincorporated Entities

Personal Injury Law

Pro Bono

Products Liability

Public Contract Law

Public Education

Racial & Ethnic Diversity

Real Estate Law


Science & Engineering Law

Securities Law

Solos and Small Firms


Technology Law

Tort Law

Transportation Law

Trial Advocacy

Women in Law

Zoning Law

Advanced Search
Site Map

Formal Ethics Opinion 96-403 (Downloadable)

Formal Ethics Opinion 96-403 (Downloadable)
Product Code: 5611100403PDF
Publication Date: August 1996
Sponsoring Entities: The Center for Professional Responsibility
Topics: Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Ethics Opinions
Format: PDF - 5611100403PDF
Pricing: $20.00 (Regular)
About the Product

Obligations of a Lawyer Representing an Insured Who Objects to a Proposed Settlement within Policy Limits
August 2, 1996

A lawyer hired by an insurer to represent an insured may represent the insured alone or, with appropriate disclosure and consultation, he may represent both the insurer and the insured with respect to all or some aspects of the matter. So long as the insured is a client, however, the Rules of Professional Conduct -- and not the insurance contract -- govern the lawyer's obligations to the insured. A lawyer hired to defend an insured pursuant to an insurance policy that authorizes the insurer to control the defense and to settle within policy limits in its sole discretion must communicate the limitations on his representation of the insured to the insured, preferably early in the representation. After the lawyer has communicated the necessary information to the insured, the lawyer may settle at the direction of the insurer. If a lawyer for an insured knows that the insured objects to a settlement, the lawyer may not settle the claim against the insured at the direction of the insurer, without giving the insured an opportunity to reject the defense offered by the insurer and to assume responsibility for his own defense at his own expense.

Accessing Your Download after Purchase

Immediately after checkout, the download file(s) will be available in Your Downloads (accessible in the left navigation area of the Web Store when logged in).