Glossary of Municipal Securities Terms

UNQUALIFIED LEGAL OPINION

A legal opinion of bond counsel that does not contain any qualifications. An unqualified legal opinion is frequently distinguished from a qualified or “reasoned” opinion expressing a lesser degree of confidence by the counsel delivering the opinion. A legal opinion generally is not considered to be qualified if it is subject to customary assumptions, limitations and qualifications or if the opinion is otherwise explained. In the municipal securities market, legal opinions generally are unqualified. See: LEGAL OPINION. Compare: QUALIFIED LEGAL OPINION.

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