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The purpose of a non-engagement letter is to be specific about the fact that the lawyer will not be representing a would-be client. A non-engagement letter should identify the basis of the relationship with a non-client, whether that is a consultation for a proposed engagement, or a relationship arising out of a non-client’s participation in a transaction with a client (i.e. buyer in a real-estate transaction).

The information provided in this section was prepared by The Bar Plan as general information, and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion with regard to any specific circumstance or set of facts. This list is not inclusive of all the possible or required contents for such letters, and each attorney preparing such a letter must make an independent evaluation of the necessary and required contents, given the circumstances of the representation.

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