Informal Opinion Number: 940010

Rules: 1.6;1.7
Client-Lawyer Relationship
Confidentiality of Information
Summary: office sharing with non-attorney, confidentiality, signage

QUESTION: Office manager of a law firm wants to set up a separate business which would be run out of the same space as the law firm. The business would be a placement service for law firm support staff. The placement would be permanent (not a temporary service). The fee would be a flat fee paid by the employer. ANSWER: The proposed arrangement would not violate the rules. Care should be taken to ensure confidentiality of the law firm´s records. Steps should be taken to make sure that all signs, etc. reflect the separateness of the two businesses.

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