Multi-state practice; compliance with conflicting trust account rules
The Committee is of the opinion that the Rules of Professional Conduct do not address the issue of conflicts arising regarding trust account rules in more than one state for lawyers conducting multi-state practice. The Committee is generally of the opinion that when a lawyer acquires funds belonging to clients as a result of practice under the lawyer's Washington license, that the lawyer must comply with the Washington Rule. Therefore, in answer to your specific questions, the Committee is of the opinion that when you represent a client who resides in Idaho selling property to another resident of Idaho, even though the property itself is in Washington, that practice would not arise under your Washington license and therefore you should comply with Idaho rules. On the other hand, where you are representing an Idaho resident in Washington courts, that practice clearly is pursuant to your Washington license and therefore you should comply with the Washington rules.