Lawyer Trust Accounts

Lawyer Trust Accounts - Financial Institution Overdraft Compliance Form

Lawyer Trust Accounts - Approved Financial Institutions as of July 23, 2014 (Updated periodically)

Lawyer Trust Accounts - Financial Institution Overdraft FAQs

Rule 1.15, North Dakota Rules of Professional Conduct (NDRPC), is the rule pertaining to lawyer trust accounts. On April 29, 2009, the North Dakota Supreme Court ordered revisions to Rule 1.15, NDRPC, to take effect on August 1, 2009. Among the revisions ordered by the Court was the inclusion of a requirement that financial institutions, as a condition for approval to maintain lawyer trust accounts, agree to report to the Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court if any properly payable instrument is presented against a lawyer trust account containing insufficient funds, whether or not the instrument is honored.

To be approved as an institution in which attorney trust accounts may be maintained, the institution must complete and sign the enclosed Lawyer Trust Account Overdraft Notification Agreement and return the original to:

Disciplinary Board of the North Dakota Supreme Court
Judicial Wing, First Floor
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 180
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530
Fax # 701-328-4480
e-mail: DisBoard@ndcourts.gov

If you have any questions regarding the reporting of overdrafts on lawyer trust accounts, please call the Disciplinary Counsel’s Office at 701-328-3925.