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Opinion 641

Question Presented

Do the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct permit a lawyer to accept client referrals from a financial planning services company that regularly engages the lawyer to provide legal services to the company?

A lawyer is regularly engaged by a financial planning services company (“Company A”) to provide legal representation and advice.  Company A offers financial planning services, including selling securities and life insurance products, to its customers.  Under the terms of the lawyer’s engagement with Company A, the lawyer’s work for Company A does not include providing legal services to Company A’s customers.  In his law practice, the lawyer represents other clients in addition to Company A.  Company A proposes to refer to the lawyer from time to time customers of the company who need legal services.

Bluebook Citation

Tex. Comm. On Professional Ethics, Op. 641 (2014)