Informal Opinion Number: 950212

Rules: 1.10;1.7
Client-Lawyer Relationship
Imputed Disqualification: General Rule
Summary: conflict of interest

QUESTION: Attorney has an office sharing arrangement with another firm. Attorney´s description of the arrangement describes a true office sharing arrangement. A member of the other firm previously represented Clients A and B to obtain a guardianship. Clients A and B have had a falling out and Client A now wants Attorney´s representation in seeking to be the sole guardian. May Attorney do so? ANSWER: Based upon the information Attorney has provided, attorney does not have a conflict of interest under the Rules of Professional Conduct that would prohibit Attorney from representing Client A.

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