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Rule 11-538. Appointment of trustee to protect clients? interest whenLawyer disappears, dies, is suspended or delicensed, or is transferred todisability status.

(a) Protective appointment of trustee. If a Lawyer has died or cannotbe located, or if a Respondent has been suspended, delicensed, or transferredto disability status, and if there is evidence that the Lawyer or Respondenthas not complied with the provisions of Rule 11-570 and no partner, executor,or other responsible party capable of conducting the Lawyer?s or Respondent?saffairs is known to exist, a district judge of the judicial district in whichthe Lawyer or Respondent maintained a principal office may, on the OPC?srequest, appoint a trustee to inventory the Lawyer?s or Respondent?s files,notify the Lawyer?s or Respondent?s clients, distribute the files to theclients, return unearned fees and other funds, and take any additional actionthe judge authorizes.

(b) Confidentiality. No attorney-client relationship exists between theclient and the trustee except to the extent necessary to maintain and preservethe client?s confidentiality. The trustee may not disclose any informationcontained in the files so inventoried without the consent of the client to whomsuch files relate, except as necessary to carry out the court?s order makingthe appointment.

(c) Immunity. Any person appointed as a trustee has the immunitygranted by Rule 11-540.

Effective December15, 2020