LEO: Conflict of Interests/Trusts and  LE Op. 571


Conflict of Interests/Trusts and Estates.


April 20, 1984


Where a client is related to an attorney/donee, the attorney/donee is not

prohibited per se from writing a testamentary document in which he or a

member of his family is a beneficiary. However, the attorney is still

required to exercise "independent professional judgment" on behalf of his

client and is not permitted to accept or continue employment if he is not

in a position to exercise independent judgment. [Canon 5, DR:5-104(B),



Committee Opinion April 20, 1984