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Two Words Can Prevent a Travel Disaster

Want a cheap and easy way to avoid a nightmare scenario the next time you fly?

Air tags.

Compact, inexpensive, portable luggage trackers – sold commercially as Tile, Chipolo, Pebblebee, AirTag and other brands – are having a moment.

Slip one inside your suitcase, and if the item gets misplaced, you will be alerted as to its location. You might be able to find it and have it back in your hands quicker than the airline. 

Airlines are experiencing a tsunami of luggage woes. The year 2022 saw a 75 percent increase in mishandled bags. And 2023 is expected to be worse, experts say.

Read “How Simple Luggage Trackers Became the Hottest Travel Accessory” at CNN here.

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NC Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15.2
Safekeeping Property: General Rules

(a) Entrusted Property. All entrusted property shall be identified, held, and maintained separate from the property of the lawyer, and shall be deposited, disbursed, and distributed only in accordance with this Rule 1.15.

(b) Deposit of Trust Funds. All trust funds received by or placed under the control of a lawyer shall be promptly deposited in either a general trust account or a dedicated trust account of the lawyer. Trust funds placed in a general account are those which, in the lawyer's good faith judgment, are nominal or short-term. General trust accounts are to be administered in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and the provisions of 27 NCAC Chapter 1, Subchapter D, Sections .1300.

(c) Deposit of Fiduciary Funds. All fiduciary funds received by or placed under the control of a lawyer shall be promptly deposited in a fiduciary account or a general trust account of the lawyer. 

(d) Safekeeping of Other Entrusted Property. A lawyer may also hold entrusted property other than fiduciary funds (such as securities) in a fiduciary account. All entrusted property received by a lawyer that is not deposited in a trust account or fiduciary account (such as a stock certificate) shall be promptly identified, labeled as property of the person or entity for whom it is to be held, and placed in a safe deposit box or other suitable place of safekeeping. The lawyer shall disclose the location of the property to the client or other person for whom it is held. Any safe deposit box or other place of safekeeping shall be located in this state, unless the lawyer has been otherwise authorized in writing by the client or other person for whom it is held…..



General Rules | North Carolina State Bar (


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About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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