Informal Opinion Number: 940056

Rules: 7.1;7.5
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Summary: firm name including deceased lawyer

QUESTION: Attorney is in a firm which has had several members with the same last name. The firm name has been Lastname & Lastname. One of the other members is deceased and another has left the firm. Attorney is now the only attorney in the firm. May Attorney continue to use this firm name and show the deceased member as deceased on the letterhead?

ANSWER: Yes.

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