Opinions

All opinions of the Committee on Professional Ethics are available online here.  To locate a specific opinion or opinions, enter the opinion number or keyword in the appropriate search box below. Licensed attorneys may also call 877-953-5535 for access to opinions

The Committee on Professional Ethics issues opinions pursuant to Tex. Gov’t. Code §81.091- 81.095.  §81.091(a) states that “[t]he committee shall, either on its own initiative or when requested to do so by a member of the state bar, express its opinion on the propriety of professional conduct other than on a question pending before a court of this state.”   The nine members of the Committee are appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas.

For proposed opinions open for comment, visit the State Bar of Texas website.

  • Opinion 59

    Canon: 6
    Opinion #: 59
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 221 (1966)
    Date: January 1953

    Two automobiles were involved in a collision, and one member of a law partnership was employed to represent A, who was a passenger in Car No. 1, and thoroughly discussed the facts of the case with A. Some three weeks later, another member of the same law firm was consulted by B, the owner of Car No. 2, thoroughly discussed the case with B, and, being wholly ignorant of the fact that his partner had been consulted and employed by A, accepted employment by B. Later, upon learning the true facts, the second partner returned the written contract of employment to B, and informed him that he could not represent him. Based upon the foregoing statement of facts, would it be a violation of the Canons of Ethics for this law firm to continue to represent A?  

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  • Opinion 58

    Canon: 24. A.B.A. Canon 27.
    Opinion #: 58
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 221 (1966)
    Date: January 1953

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney to contact the municipal officials relative to securing a contract with the municipality to collect delinquent taxes owed by citizens of the community?  

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  • Opinion 57

    Canon: 9
    Opinion #: 57
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 220 (1966)
    Date: January 1953

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics, where the adverse attorney has refused to consult his client about a settlement, for the other attorney to send a joint letter to the adverse attorney and his client stating that a compromise was possible and should be discussed?  

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  • Opinion 56

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 56
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 220 (1966)
    Date: January 1953

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney, who specializes in tax matters, to send monthly tax letters to his own clients in his own envelopes?  

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  • Opinion 55

    Canon: 34
    Opinion #: 55
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 220 (1966)
    Date: September 1952

    Several years ago an attorney wrote a will for a client and acted as one of the witnesses to the will. Recently, this client executed another will prepared by another and shortly after the execution of the second will was, due to mental condition, given a ninety-day commitment to a hospital for the insane and a son appointed guardian. The son and guardian, anticipating an attempt to probate the second will upon the death of this client, is bringing a procedure to perpetuate testimony and contemplates the taking of the deposition of the attorney who prepared the first will concerning the circumstances of its execution, its contents and the attorney's opinion of the client's mental condition at the time of the execution of the first will. Should the attorney who prepared the first will disclose to the parties involved the contents of such will, the circumstances of its execution and his opinion of the testator's mental condition?

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  • Opinion 54

    Canon: 24. 39. A.B.A. Canons 27, 43.
    Opinion #: 54
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 219 (1966)
    Date: September 1952

    Is it ethical for an attorney to have printed in bold, black letters at the top of his personal card, which is otherwise in the usual and customary form, the following: "If a deal is to be made where legal advice is needed see an attorney first, and save."?  

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  • Opinion 53

    Canon: 24, 25. A.B.A. Canon 42.
    Opinion #: 53
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 219 (1966)
    Date: September 1952

    Is it a violation of law or any Canon of Ethics for a Texas lawyer to include in a power of attorney executed in his favor the following provision: "It is further understood and agreed that our said attorney assumes full responsibility and liability for all costs and expenses incident to any investigation and litigation that may be necessary?"  

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  • Opinion 52

    Canon: 24, 39, 41, 42.
    Opinion #: 52
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 218 (1966)
    Date: May 1952

    1.   Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney to carry on his letterhead "tax service"? 2.   Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney who specializes in tax matters to insert a card, giving his name, address, telephone number and adding "tax service" thereon in the professional directory of a newspaper? 3.   Is it in violation of the Canons of Ethics for an attorney who specializes in tax matters to insert a card, giving his name address, telephone number and adding "tax service" thereto in any portion of a newspaper other than the professional directory?  

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  • Opinion 51

    Canon: 24
    Opinion #: 51
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 218 (1966)
    Date: May 1952

    Is it ethical for a lawyer to place his name, phone number and address in the classified directory of a newspaper?  

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  • Opinion 50

    Canon: 30, 43
    Opinion #: 50
    Cite: 18 Baylor L. Rev. 218 (1966)
    Date: March 1952

    Is it a violation of the Canons of Ethics for a firm to carry on its letterhead as an associate, a person who is a licensed attorney of another jurisdiction and before the U.S. Patent Office, but who has no license to practice law in Texas?  

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