Missouri Legal Ethics Counsel

Whether you are an attorney or a client, Downey Law Group LLC provides clear, concise and cost-effective legal services. Our legal ethics lawyers in Missouri invite you to visit our website and its resources and contact Downey Law Group if you have questions about attorney conduct, law firm risk management, or attorneys` law. We look forward to talking to you. The advisory committee may issue formal opinions and the legal ethics counselor may provide informal non-binding advice to Missouri lawyers interpreting Missouri Supreme Court Rules 4, 5, and 6. (Links to formal opinions, informal opinions, information on requesting formal or informal opinions, and other ethical resources can be found in the “For Lawyers” menu on this page.) Legal Counsel acts as an advisor and staff member of the Advisory Committee. The informal views of 1. July 1993 are online. You can search this database by thematic index or search engine. The search engine allows you to search for opinions yourself based on keywords or phrases. Or, if you want, you can set a specific opinion number. Prior to the year 2000, the year was indicated in the first two digits of the notice number. Since then, the first four digits indicate the year.

You can contact our office by phone at (573) 638-2263. Informal opinions shall be prepared by the Council on Legal Ethics in accordance with Article 5.30. Legal counsel only gives opinions to lawyers for their own guidance, taking into account an existing fact. Informal opinions cannot be given on assumptions or on the conduct of a lawyer other than the one requesting the opinion. The Advisory Committee may waive penalties and outstanding registration fees if it is proven that an offence was caused by a physical or mental inability to practise law. Rule 6.01(h). A request for a formal opinion is the appropriate way to deal with a matter of general importance that is not necessarily related to a particular situation. The Advisory Committee may issue formal opinions in accordance with Article 5.30(a) of the Supreme Court. Requests for formal advisory opinions should be directed to the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri, located at 3335 American Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65109. The procedure for issuing a formal opinion may take more than a year. Advisory Committee and Office of Legal Counsel COVID-19 NOTICE PROHIBITS YOU FROM ENTERING THIS BUILDING IF: The advisory committee has jurisdiction under Rule 5 with respect to disciplinary hearings before a case goes to the Missouri Supreme Court. For more information, see the “Public Information on Cases Pending before a Disciplinary Hearing Panel” section.

The Advisory Committee may, at the request of the applicant in accordance with section 5.12, review lawyers` complaint files closed following an investigation by the Office of the Senior Disciplinary Council or a Regional Disciplinary Committee. The informal opinions of 1 July 1993 are online. Since only summaries are published and informal opinions are not binding, informal opinions are generally not formally withdrawn. It is necessary to examine the most recent opinions in order to obtain the most recent general guidance on a particular topic. Prior to the year 2000, the year was indicated in the first two digits of the notice number. Now the first four digits indicate the year. ⸰ You currently have symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 72 hours, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell; ⸰ You have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or ⸰ You have travelled to another country or high-risk area in the last 14 days. Significant visitors, including service providers who must enter the inland office, must wear face masks or face coverings in the inland office. Key visitors must also adhere to social distancing guidelines and may undergo temperature screening prior to entry. ___ The Disciplinary Council and Regional Disciplinary Committees investigate complaints of professional misconduct.

The members of the Advisory Board appointed by the Supreme Court are: Dorothy White-Coleman, Chair, St. Louis; Edward C. Clausen, Vice President, Jefferson City; David W. Ansley, Springfield; Sheryl Butler, St. Louis; Keith A. Cutler, Kansas City; Jill A. Kanatzar, Kansas City; Levell D. Littleton, Clayton; Elizabeth D. McCarter, St. Louis; Dan R. Nelson, Springfield; Dale Heptagon, Jefferson City; Kirby Upjohn, Kansas City; Branson L. Wood III, Hannibal; and the Legal Ethics Counsellor is Melinda J.

Bentley. The Supreme Court of Missouri shall appoint the members of the Advisory Committee in accordance with rule 5.01. The Advisory Committee is composed of at least six lawyers and two lay lawyers. Members of the Advisory Committee shall act free of charge but shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses. The Advisory Board shall act in accordance with its responsibilities as defined by the Supreme Court of Missouri in Rules 4, 5 and 6. Formal and informal opinions up to June 30, 1994, are contained in a textbook entitled Missouri Advisory Opinions, published by the Missouri Bar Association in 1995. A supplement to the manual was published in 1996. The opinions contained in the editorial and in the supplement are indexed by topic and contain a note on the respective rules. The book is no longer printed, but members of the Missouri Bar can consult the office book and insert it into the form bank.

Official statements issued since 1996 are available on the Missouri Supreme Court website. While efforts have been made to summarize the important facts of the issue, not all details are included in each summary. Therefore, these summaries should only be used as an indication. Only abstracts are available. Actual copies of the opinion and response are not available.