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Rule 14-527

Rule 14-527. Appointment oftrustee to protect clients' interest when lawyer disappears, dies, is suspendedor disbarred, or is transferred to disability status.

(a) Protective appointment oftrustee. If a lawyer has disappeared or died, or if a respondent has beensuspended or disbarred or transferred to disability status, and if there isevidence that the lawyer or respondent has not complied with the provisions ofRule 14-526 and no partner, executor, or other responsible party capable ofconducting the lawyer's or respondent's affairs is known to exist, a districtjudge of the judicial district in which the lawyer or respondent maintained aprincipal office, upon the request of OPC counsel, may appoint a trustee toinventory the lawyer's or respondent's files, notify the lawyer's orrespondent's clients, distribute the files to the clients, return unearned feesand other funds, and take any additional action authorized by the judge makingthe appointment.

(b) Confidentiality. Noattorney-client relationship exists between the client and the trustee exceptto the extent necessary to maintain and preserve the confidentiality of theclient. The trustee shall not disclose any information contained in the filesso inventoried without the consent of the client to whom such files relate,except as necessary to carry out the order of the court making the appointment.

(c) Immunity. Any personappointed as a trustee shall have the immunity granted by Rule 14-513.