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Basics of IOLA: What New Lawyers Need to Know

Basics of IOLA: What New Lawyers Need to Know


Handling attorney trust accounts is a large part of the practice of law in New York. Statewide, attorneys maintain over 48,000 IOLA accounts in approximately 200 banking institutions. Every New York lawyer who handles client funds must maintain an IOLA account. Lawyers must use an IOLA account for qualifying funds, unless he or she uses an account that will generate compute and pay net interest to the client (net of all bank fees and the lawyer’s or law-firms related services). A New York lawyer may not place qualifying funds in a non-interest bearing account. For additional information, visit


Speakers will provide an overview of the statutes and regulations governing escrow agreements, IOLA accounts, provisions of the General Business Law governing treatment of a buyer’s down payment in the purchase and sale of a home, as well as various ethics opinions and judicial decisions. Speakers will provide an overview of IOLA’s laws and regulations including State Finance Law §97-V, Judiciary Law §497 Trustees’ Regulations (21 N.Y.C.R.R. Part 7000), the Rules of Professional Conduct (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Part 1200, Rule 1.15) and the Dishonored Check Rule (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Par 1300). You will learn more about the correct titling of IOLA accounts, missing clients, deceased attorneys and the designation of successor signatories. The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection which reimburses clients for losses resulting from attorney thefts will also be discussed.


Michael G. Gaynor, Esq., Attorney Grievance Committee

Peter V. Coffey, Esq., Sciocchetti Abbott Newkirk, PLLC

Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq., Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC

Sarah A. Richards, Esq., Attorney Grievance Committee

Non-Member Price: $250.00
Published Date:
  • January 11, 2021
  • Online On-Demand
Product Code:
  • VJZ31
Ethics and Professionalism Credit(s):
  • 3.0
Total Credit(s):
  • 3.0