97 N.J.L.J. 363
May 16, 1974
Representing Tenants' Profit Corporation
Legal Services to Individual Tenants
An attorney has been asked to represent a profit corporation
which has been created to organize tenants in securing legal advice
and assistance. The corporate attorney will be available to each
dues-paying subscriber at no fee to the tenant. However, the
attorney would be under a regular retainer each month for rendering
services to the corporation and its subscribers. The inquirer
states that the corporation will limit the legal services to only
tenancy matters, and the subscriber may use any attorney he desires
for the defense of any resulting suit with the corporation
contributing a specified sum for such defense.
We have been asked whether such representation is proper. Such a practice would be clearly and patently improper. The inquirer is referred to DR 2-103(D) of the Code of Professional Responsibility. See also N.J. Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, Opinions 172, 93 N.J.L.J. 81 (1970), and 256, 96 N.J.L.J. 745 (1973).