Informal Opinion Number: 970007

Rules: 4-1.9
Client-Lawyer Relationship
Conflict of Interest: Former Client
Summary: prospective client of office-sharing attorney

Reference Note: Effective July 1, 2007, Rule 4-1.18, Duties to Prospective Client, was adopted, and amended effective Sep. 26, 2017.  Rule 4-1.18 would govern this question and should be consulted with this opinion.

QUESTION: Attorney seeks to represent H in a domestic case. W has previously consulted another attorney with whom Attorney has an office sharing arrangement. Does this create a conflict for Attorney?
ANSWER: Based upon the information Attorney has provided, which establishes that this is a true office sharing arrangement, Attorney does not have a conflict of interest which prevents Attorney from representing H.

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