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Advisory Committee Opinions Deskbook

Withdrawal of 21 Formal Opinions

The Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri is responsible for formal opinions as to interpretations of Rules 4, 5, and 6 pursuant to Rule 5.30(a). The Advisory Committee reviewed older formal opinions and voted to withdraw the following: 6, 13, 14, 17, 26, 33, 39, 43, 45, 46, 48, 55, 56, 61, 62, 66, 73, 97, 102, 109, and 110.

The Advisory Committee may withdraw a formal opinion for a variety of reasons. Withdrawal should not be interpreted as implying anything regarding any aspect of the withdrawn formal opinion. Any determination of current ethics issues should be made in reference to current ethics rules, case law, and formal opinions. A withdrawn formal opinion should not be included in a current ethics analysis for any purpose.

Formal Opinions Since 1996


Opinions are indexed by topic and include an annotation to the particular rule(s) involved. You may use the topical index links below or go directly to each chapter.

References are to the section numbers and NOT to the number of the opinion itself. Section references are as follows:

  • Adv. - Advertising
  • Of.Sh. - Sharing of Offices
  • Confi. - Confidences of client
  • Op.Pty. - Contact of opposing parties
  • C.ofInt. - Conflict of interest
  • Solic. - Solicitation
  • Fees - Fees
  • Un.Pr. - Unauthorized practice of law
  • Misc. - Miscellaneous


The formal and informal opinions through June 30, 1994 are included in a Deskbook entitled Missouri Advisory Opinions published by The Missouri Bar in 1995.

In light of some conflicts between recently issued Formal Opinion 128 and Formal Opinion 116, the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Missouri is withdrawing Formal Opinion 116. Formal Opinion 116 was issued in 1981 and cited rules in the Code of Professional Responsibility rather than the current Rules of Professional Conduct. The Advisory Committee plans to issue a new formal opinion addressing many of the topics covered by Formal Opinion 116, in the future.