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Rule 15-527. Appointment of trustee to protect clients'interest when a licensed paralegal practitioner disappears, dies, is suspended or delicensed, or is transferred todisability status.


(a) Protective appointmentof trustee. If a licensed paralegal practitioner has disappeared or died, or ifa respondent has been suspended or delicensed or transferred to disabilitystatus, and if there is evidence that the licensed paralegal practitioner orrespondent has not complied with the provisions of Rule 15-526 and no partner,executor, or other responsible party capable of conducting the licensedparalegal practitioner?s or respondent's affairs is known to exist, a districtjudge of the judicial district in which the licensed paralegal practitioner orrespondent maintained a principal office, upon the request of OPC counsel, mayappoint a trustee to inventory the licensed paralegal practitioner?s orrespondent's files, notify the licensed paralegal practitioner?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 15-513.

Effective November 1, 2018