Q. I mentioned to a client that I was delegating a portion of her matter to a lawyer outside of my firm and she didn’t respond one way or the other. Do I need something more from her?
A. IRPC 1.2 allows delegation of client work outside of the retained lawyer’s firm with the client’s informed consent. Informed consent is defined in RPC 1.0, Comment  as requiring an affirmative response from the client and that a lawyer may not assume consent from a client’s silence (although the Comment also notes that client consent can be inferred from the client’s conduct).
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