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      Informal Advisory Opinions


      Informal advisory opinions are issued by the Legal Ethics Counsel under Rule 5.30. The Legal Ethics Counsel only issues opinions to attorneys for their own guidance involving an existing set of facts. Informal advisory opinions cannot be issued on hypotheticals or regarding the conduct of an attorney other than the one asking for the opinion.

      Although an effort has been made to summarize the important facts of the question, not all details are included in each summary. Therefore, these summaries should be used only for general guidance. Only summaries are available; actual copies of the opinion request and answer are not available.

      The informal advisory opinions dating back to July 1, 1993, are online. You can search this database by topical index or by search engine. The search engine allows you to search the opinions themselves using keywords or phrases. Or, if you wish, you may designate a specific opinion number. Prior to the year 2000, the first two digits of the opinion number indicated the year. Since then, the first four digits indicate the year.