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PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THE FLORIDA BAR

OPINION 64-25
May 22, 1964

It would be improper for an attorney to participate in a corporation through which professional services would be rendered to the building trade and to the public in connection with building construction matters, operating as a profit making enterprise.

Canons: 27, 34, 35, 46, 47

Chairman Smith stated the opinion of the committee:

A member of The Florida Bar inquires regarding a proposed corporation through which professional services would be rendered to the building trade and to the public in connection with building construction matters. The corporation would render legal, architectural, engineering, accounting, surveying and other services and the principals of the corporation would be comprised of members of the professions indicated. The corporation would advertise its services, make charges therefor and operate as a profit-making enterprise.

It is the unanimous opinion of this Committee that it would be highly improper for an attorney to participate in such a venture. Violations of Canons 27, 34, 35, 46 and 47 are involved. The matter is discussed at length in Drinker, Legal Ethics, pp. 161 et seq.

[Revised: 08-24-2011]