Ethics Advice

Utah attorneys and LPPs with questions regarding their professional responsibilities can contact the Utah State Bar General Counsel’s office for informal guidance during any business day. The email is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ethicshotline@utahbar.org. The Ethics Hotline is a resource for Utah lawyers and LPPs only. All ethics advice is non-binding and intended only to be informational.

The Ethics Hotline advises only on the inquiring lawyer’s or LPP’s own prospective conduct. The Ethics Hotline does not address legal issues, or past conduct, nor does it provide an opinion or advice about the conduct of anyone other than the inquiring lawyer or LPP. The Ethics Hotline cannot convey advice through a paralegal or other assistant. 

The General Counsel’s Office can help you identify applicable disciplinary rules, point out relevant formal ethics opinions and other resource material, and give you a reaction to your ethics question. No attorney-client relationship is established between lawyers or LPPs seeking ethics advice and the lawyers employed by the Utah State Bar. Lawyers seeking legal ethics advice subject to the lawyer-client privilege should consult a lawyer of their choice in private practice.

Inquiring attorneys or LPPs must be able to state their ethical question concisely and have an awareness of the controlling Rule of Professional Conduct. The guidance provided is informal advice and attorneys and LPPs are urged to read the rules and exercise their own judgement.

Attorneys and LPPs seeking formal advice should contact the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee here: https://www.utahbar.org/bar-committee-ethics-advisory-opinions/