Official Attorney General's Opinions or informal Advisory Letters are prepared in answer to requests by legislators, state agencies, elected officials of the state, district attorneys, state boards and state commissioners.

These Opinions and Advisory Letters are prepared after a thorough review of all of the circumstances, evidence, law and precedent that relates to the request. Policy makers may ask for help in making decisions as they prepare to pass new laws, and they may rely on opinions like this. Sometimes both sides in a dispute have two very different perspectives of the law or the state constitution. In these cases the benefit of a legal opinion by the state's lawyer, an uninvolved third party, is invaluable and may save the taxpayers time in urgent situations, not to mention the enormous amount of money spent on litigation.