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Ethics Opinion 23-01
Issued August 10, 2023

May a lawyer ethically provide estate planning documents to the beneficiaries or heirs of a now-deceased client?

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Ethics Opinion 2022-01
Issued January 12, 2022

Is an in-house attorney for a Utah-based company required to obtain an in-house counsel license from the Utah State Bar if the attorney is a resident of another

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Ethics Opinion 2022-02
Issued March 7, 2022

Now that the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct have been altered regarding “Information About Legal Services” by deleting Rules 7.2 through 7.5 of the Utah

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Ethics Opinion 2022-03
Issued March 7, 2022

How are conflicts of interest between a child suffering personal injury and a parent who retains a lawyer to represent the child resolved?

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Ethics Opinion 2022-04
Issued April 11, 2022

Is it ethical for a personal injury law firm to advertise or solicit legal services in Utah when the firm does not have a member of its firm licensed in Utah?

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Ethics Opinion 2022-05
Issued August 11, 2022

May a defense attorney engage in ex parte communications with a plaintiff’s treating medical provider? This is the identical question addressed in Adv. Op. 99-

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Ethics Opinion 2022-06
Issued November 8, 2022

Is it a violation of the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct (the “Rules”) for a lawyer to coach a client during the client’s telephone conversation with a third

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Ethics Opinion 2021-02
Issued April 15, 2021

Rule 7.1 of the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct was recently amended. What firm names are appropriate under the amended Rule 7.1?

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Ethics Opinion 2021-01
Issued April 13, 2021

May a lawyer ethically disclose the name of her client?

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Ethics Opinion 2020-01
Issued May 19, 2020

May a lawyer permissibly renegotiate the terms of a flat fee agreement if, after commencing the representation, the circumstances, scope or complexity of the

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Ethics Opinion 2020-02
Issued May 19, 2020

What ethical duties apply to prosecutors and defense lawyers when dealing with victims in domestic violence criminal cases?

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Ethics Opinion 2019-04
Issued October 4, 2019

When does a representation of appointed criminal defense counsel end for purposes of Rule 4.2’s prohibition on a lawyer speaking with a represented party about

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