Informal Opinion Number: 970035

Rules: 1.6;7.1
Client-Lawyer Relationship
Confidentiality of Information
Summary: office sharing with non-attorney, reception area, secretary, telephone, signage, client files, advertising

QUESTION: Attorney owns office space and is considering entering into a landlord/tenant office sharing relationship with a non-attorney. The offices are all separated and have closing doors. There would be a common reception area. The non-attorney would have a separate secretary and phone system. There would be separate signage outside and inside the office space. All legal files would be maintained in separate storage and secured. No sharing of information would occur. There would be no sharing of advertising. ANSWER: Based on the information provided, the office sharing arrangement Attorney has proposed will not violate the Rules of Professional Conduct.

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