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End-of-life notice: American Legal Ethics Library

As of March 1, 2013, the Legal Information Institute is no longer maintaining the information in the American Legal Ethics Library. It is no longer possible for us to maintain it at a level of completeness and accuracy given its staffing needs. It is very possible that we will revive it at a future time. At this point, it is in need of a complete technological renovation and reworking of the "correspondent firm" model which successfully sustained it for many years.

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Colorado Legal Ethics

1.17   Rule 1.17 Sale of Law Practice

1.17:100   Comparative Analysis of Colorado Rule

Primary Colorado References: CO Rule 1.17
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.17, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

1.17:101      Model Rule Comparison

Colo.RPC 1.17 differs significantly from MR 1.17. In general, the Colorado Rule is more detailed and lengthier than the Model Rule. Additionally, Colo.RPC 1.17(b) incorporates Comment 14 to the Model Rules into the rule itself, and Colo.RPC 1.17(d), (e), (f), and (g) have no counterparts in MR 1.17. Unlike MR 1.17(a), the Colorado Rule does not require a lawyer who is selling a practice to cease the practice of law. Colo.RPC 1.17 states several additional notice requirements to clients regarding the selling lawyer and purchasing lawyer, and adds several client protections; for example, under Colo.RPC 1.17(c), the seller of a private law practice must inform his or her current clients of the client’s right to retain other counsel or to take possession of the file.

Although the Colorado and Model Rule Comments are similar in text, the organization and headings of the Comment to Colo.RPC 1.17 differ significantly from those of the Comment to the Mode Rule.

1.17:102      Model Code Comparison

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1.17:200   Traditional Rule Against the Sale of a Law Practice

Primary Colorado References: CO Rule 1.17
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.17, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA § 91:801, ALI-LGL § 60, Wolfram § 16.2.1

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1.17:300   Problems in Sale of Practice

Primary Colorado References: CO Rule 1.17
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.17, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA § 91:801, ALI-LGL § 60, Wolfram § 16.2.1

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