Advisory Opinion: 959

Year Issued: 1986

RPC(s): RPC 1.14

Subject: Trust account; multi-state practice


The Committee was of the opinion that the Rules of Professional Conduct relating to the maintenance of trust accounts did not address the issue of conflicting rules presented to lawyers with multi-state practices. The Committee was generally of the opinion that if trust funds accrue as a result of a lawyer's practice under his Washington license, then those funds should be handled pursuant to the Washington rules.

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