Ethics opinions include formal opinions and informal advisory opinions. See Rule 5.30 - Opinions and Regulations by Advisory Committee:(a) The advisory committee may give formal opinions as to the interpretations of Rules 4, 5, and 6, and the amendments or additions thereto and may make regulations consistent therewith for the administration of Rules 4, 5, and 6. Formal opinions and regulations of the advisory committee shall be published in the Journal of The Missouri Bar after adoption thereof. (b) The chief disciplinary counsel or any member of the bar who is substantially and individually aggrieved by any formal opinion of the advisory committee may petition this Court for review of the opinion. The Court in its discretion may direct that the petition be briefed and argued as though a petition for an original remedial writ has been sustained, may sustain, modify or vacate the opinion, or may dismiss the petition. (c) The ethics counsel on behalf of the advisory committee on request may give a member of the bar an informal opinion on matters of special concern to the lawyer. Informal opinions are not binding. Written summaries of informal opinions may be published for informational purposes as determined by the advisory committee.
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