DR 9-102 Preserving Identity of Funds and Property of a Client.
(A) All funds of clients paid to a lawyer or law firm, other than advances for
costs and expenses, shall be deposited in one or more identifiable bank accounts
maintained in the state in which the law office is situated and no funds belonging to the
lawyer or law firm shall be deposited therein except as follows:
- Funds reasonably sufficient to pay bank charges may be deposited therein.
- Funds belonging in part to a client and in part presently or potentially to the lawyer
or law firm must be deposited therein, but the portion belonging to the lawyer or law firm
may be withdrawn when due unless the right of the lawyer or law firm to receive it is
disputed by the client, in which event the disputed portion shall not be withdrawn until
the dispute is finally settled.
(B) A lawyer shall:
- Promptly notify a client of the receipt of his funds, securities, or other properties.
- Identify and label securities and properties of a client promptly upon receipt and place
them in a safe deposit box or other place of safekeeping as soon as practicable.
- Maintain complete records of all funds, securities, and other properties of a client
coming into the possession of the lawyer and render appropriate accounts t his client
- Promptly pay or deliver to the client as requested by a client the funds, securities, or
other properties in the possession of the lawyer which the client is entitled to receive.