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January 6, 2006

06-02 - Is an unexecuted trust or will or an unfiled extraordinary writ prepared by a lawyer for a client part of the “client’s file” within the meaning of Rule 1.16 which must be delivered to the client at the termination of the representation

June 2, 2006

Issue: Is an unexecuted trust or will or an unfiled extraordinary writ prepared by a lawyer for a client part of the “client’s file” within the meaning of Rule 1.16 which must be delivered to the client at the termination of the representation.

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06-04 May a current or former client’s access to information in his client file in a criminal matter be restricted by his attorney?

Issued December 8, 2006

1. Issue: May a current or former client’s access to information in his client file in a criminal matter be restricted by his attorney?

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January 4, 2004

04-01 - What action, if any, may a lawyer for an employer ethically undertake on behalf of a vanished former employee who, along with the employer, has been named as a defendant in an action arising when the person was an employee?

March 29, 2004

¶1 Issue: What action, if any, may a lawyer for an employer ethically undertake on behalf of a vanished former employee who, along with the employer, has been named as a defendant in an action arising when the person was an employee?

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04-01a - What action, if any, may a lawyer for an employer ethically undertake on behalf of a vanished former employee who, along with the employer, has been named as a defendant in an action arising when the person was an employee?

December 2, 2004

Amendment of Opinion No. 04-01: On March 29, 2004, the Utah Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee issued Utah Ethics Advisory Op. No. 04-01, 2004 WL 870583 (Utah St. Bar).1 The Office of Professional Conduct of the Utah State Bar filed a petition for review with the Board of Bar Commissioners pursuant to § III(e)(1) of the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee Rules of Procedure and § VI(a)(1) of the Utah State Bar Rules Governing the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee. The Commission asked the Committee to reconsider Opinion No. 04-01. Having reviewed the issues raised by the Office of Professional Conduct, we issue this amended opinion, which revises the conclusion and analysis of Opinion No. 04-01. Accordingly, this amended opinion replaces and supersedes Opinion No. 04-01.

Issue: What action, if any, may a lawyer for an employer ethically undertake on behalf of a vanished former employee who, along with the employer, has been named as a defendant in an action arising when the person was an employee?

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January 4, 2002

02-02 - To what extent does the recent amendment to Utah Rules of Professional Conduct 1.4(c) affect a lawyer's or law firm's newsletters and "alerts" to clients and prospective clients, brochures provided at public seminars, promotional items provided a

(Issued February 11, 2002)

¶1 Issue: To what extent does the recent amendment to Utah Rules of Professional Conduct 7.3(c) affect a lawyer’s or law firm’s newsletters and “alerts” to clients and prospective clients, brochures provided at public seminars, promotional items provided at seminars and other events, and web-site information?

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02-03 - What are the ethical obligations of an insurance defense lawyer with respect to insurance company guidelines and flat-fee arrangements?

(Issued February 27, 2002)

¶ 1 Issue: What are the ethical obligations of an insurance defense lawyer with respect to insurance company guidelines and flat-fee arrangements?

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02-08 - An attorney filed a complaint with the Judicial Conduct Commission against a judge. The complaint was eventually dismissed for insufficient evidence with no finding of misconduct. May the attorney accept new cases as counsel and appear before th

Issued September 18, 2002

¶ 1 Issue: An attorney filed a complaint with the Judicial Conduct Commission against a judge. The complaint was eventually dismissed for insufficient evidence with no finding of misconduct. May the attorney accept new cases as counsel and appear before that judge without advising the clients of the complaint and without giving them the option of the attorney filing a motion for recusal?

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December 29, 1999

99-04 - What are the ethical considerations that govern a lawyer who wishes to conduct legal seminars; provide legal information to groups of retirement-home residents; host open houses; set up information booths at trade shows; participate in Bar-sponso

(Approved June 30, 1999)

General Issue: What are the ethical considerations that govern a lawyer who wishes to conduct legal seminars; provide legal information to groups of retirement-home residents; host open houses; set up information booths at trade shows; participate in Bar-sponsored question-and-answer programs; or make in-person contacts with prospective clients at the request of their friends or relatives?

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December 28, 1998

98-14 - Is it unethical for a lawyer in a divorce case to advise a client that she may obtain a protective order pro se or to allow the client to appear pro se in the protective-order case, while the lawyer continues to represent the client in the divorc

(Approved December 4, 1998)

Issue: Is it unethical for a lawyer in a divorce case to advise a client that she may obtain a protective order pro se or to allow the client to appear pro se in the protective-order case, while the lawyer continues to represent the client in the divorce proceeding?

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December 18, 1997

96-06 - What are the ethical obligations if an attorney undertakes representation of a client when the attorney is not able to communicate directly with the client in a language clearly understood by that client?

(Approved July 3, 1996)

Issue: What are the ethical obligations if an attorney undertakes representation of a client when the attorney is not able to communicate directly with the client in a language clearly understood by that client?

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96-07 - What are the ethical implications of federal funding reductions and practice restrictions to Utah Legal Services lawyers?

(Approved August 30, 1996)

Issue: What are the ethical implications of federal funding reductions and practice restrictions to Utah Legal Services lawyers?

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