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The Ethics Opinions on this page are updated as new Opinions are published. Please note that the New Hampshire Rules of Professional Conduct change over time and these opinions may not reflect the most current version of the Rules. The Opinions, Articles, and Ethics Corners published by the Ethics Committee are NOT binding on the N.H. Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office or the Professional Conduct Committee, and these publications should be viewed as helpful advice and practical information only.

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Rules: Rule 1.1, Rule 3.3, Rule 3.5
Subjects: Competence, Duties to Report Fraud, Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal, Juror Contact
Rules: Rule 1.1, Rule 1.18, Rule 1.4, Rule 1.6, Rule 1.9
Subjects: Confidentiality, Conflicts of Interest, Duties to Former Clients, Duties to Prospective Client
Rules: Rule 1.6
Subjects: Confidentiality
Rules: Rule 1.1, Rule 1.4, Rule 1.6, Rule 8.5
Subjects: Client Communications, Competence, Confidentiality, Confidentiality of Information
Ethics Committee Advisory Opinion #2018-19/01 by the NHBA Ethics Committee. This opinion was submitted for publication to the NHBA Board of Governors at its May 6, 2019 meeting.
Rules: Rule 1.7 (a) (1), Rule 1.7 (a)(2)
Subjects: Concurrent Conflicts of Interest, Waivability of Conflicts of Interest
Ethics Committee Advisory Opinion #2017-18/02 by the NHBA Ethics Committee. This opinion was submitted for publication to the NHBA Board of Governors at its June 28, 2018 meeting.
Rules: Rule 1.8, Rule 1.8 (a)
Subjects: Barter, Business Transaction with a Client, Conflicts of Interest, Fees, Standard Commercial Transaction, Voidable Transaction
This opinion was submitted for publication to the NHBA Board of Governors at its November 16, 2017 meeting.
Rules: Rule 1.16 (d), Rule 1.17, Rule 1.5 (f), Rule 5.4 (a)(1), Rule 5.4(a)(2), Rule 5.4(a)(3), Rule 5.4(b), Rule 5.4(d)
Subjects: Professional Independence of a Lawyer, Sale of Law Practice, , Withdrawal from Representation
This opinion was submitted for publication to the NHBA Board of Governors at its April 20, 2017 meeting.
Rules: Rule 1.1, Rule 1.1 (c), Rule 1.2 (a), Rule 1.2 (d), Rule 1.2 (f), Rule 1.2 (g), Rule 1.6, Rule 1.7, Rule 3.1, Rule 3.3 (a)(3), Rule 3.4 (d)
Subjects: Candor to the Tribunal, Competence, Limited Representation, Meritorious Claims and Contentions, Scope of Representation
This opinion was submitted for publication to the NHBA Board of Governors at its March 3, 2016 meeting.
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This opinion was submitted for publication to the NHBA Board of Governors at its June 16, 2016 meeting.
Rules: Rule 1.0 (e), Rule 1.16, Rule 1.4, Rule 1.6, Rule 1.7
Subjects: Concurrent Conflicts of Interest, Estate Planning, Joint Representation
This opinion was submitted for publication to the NHBA Board of Governors at its June 18, 2015 meeting.
Rules: Rule 1.4, Rule 1.6
Subjects: Client with Diminished Capacity, Confidentiality
Can an Attorney Disclose Confidential Client Information, Over a Client's Objection, to Protect the Client from Elder Abuse or Other Threats of Substantial Bodily Injury?
Rules: Rule 1.1, Rule 1.15, Rule 1.16, Rule 1.18, Rule 1.5, Rule 1.7, Rule 1.9, Rule 5.4, Rule 7.1, Rule 7.2
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Rules: Rule 1.1 (b), Rule 1.1 (c), Rule 3.4, Rule 4.1 (a), Rule 4.2, Rule 4.3, Rule 4.4, Rule 5.3, Rule 8.4 (a)
Subjects: Agents of Lawyers; Acting Through Others, Competence and Diligence, Contact with Witnesses, Truthfulness
Rules: Rule 1.0 (e), Rule 1.1, Rule 1.15, Rule 1.6, Rule 1.8 (c), Rule 2.1, Rule 5.3
Subjects: Competence, Confidentiality of Information, Informed Consent, Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants, Safekeeping Property
Rules: Rule 1.0 (f), Rule 1.1 (b), Rule 1.7, Rule 1.7 (a)(2), Rule 1.7 (b)(4), Rule 1.8 (c), Rule 2.1
Subjects: Client Gifts to Lawyer, Confirmed in Writing, Conflicts of Interest, Informed Consent
Rules: Rule 1.1, Rule 1.2, Rule 1.6, Rule 1.7, Rule 2.1, Rule 5.1, Rule 5.3, Rule 5.4, Rule 5.5, Rule 7.1
Subjects: Competence, Confidentiality, Conflicts of Interest, Fees, Independent Judgment, Outsourcing, Supervision, Unauthorized Practice of Law
Rules: Rule 1.6, Rule 1.7 (a), Rule 1.8 (h), Rule 8.3 (a)
Subjects: Confidentiality, Conflicts of Interest, Reporting Misconduct, Settling Malpractice Claims
Rules: Rule 1.5, Rule 1.6, Rule 1.9
Subjects: Confidentiality of Information, Duties to Former Clients, Fees
Rules: Rule 1.2, Rule 1.6, Rule 1.7, Rule 1.9, Rule 5.6
Subjects: Allocation of Authority between Client and Lawyer and Third Parties, Confidentiality of Information, Conflicts of Interest, Duties to Former Clients, Restrictions on Right to Practice
Rules: Rule 1.1, Rule 1.4, Rule 1.6
Subjects: Client Communications, Competence, Confidentiality, Interpreters
Rules: Rule 1.0 (k), Rule 1.11, Rule 1.18, Rule 1.7, Rule 1.9
Subjects: Conflicts of Interest, Definition – screening, Duties to Former Clients, Duties to Prospective Client, Special Conflicts of Interest for Former and Current Government Officers and Employees
Rules: Rule 1.1, Rule 1.6 (a), Rule 4.4 (b), Rule 5.1, Rule 5.3
Subjects: Attorney-Client Relationship, Client Communications, Conduct Towards Opponent, Confidentiality, Inadvertent Disclosure
Rules: Rule 1.0, Rule 1.6, Rule 3.3, Rule 4.1
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