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                                             97 N.J.L.J. 363
                                            May 16, 1974


Appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court


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).

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