Informal Opinion Number: 930076

Rules: 3.3
Candor Toward the Tribunal

QUESTION: Attorney represents husband in wrongful death case on death of wife. Husband dies during case. Husband is survived by children. Can attorney proceed with settlement negotiations without disclosing death of husband? How soon must attorney disclose death of husband? ANSWER: Attorney must disclose death of client to the defendant´s attorney and the court within a reasonable time. Attorney may not continue to actively negotiate without disclosure.

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