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Ethically Speaking: Addressing conflicts of interest with former clients

Conflicts of interest. It seems that the longer you practice law, the more frequently these issues arise. Not surprisingly, the conflicts are rarely simple with obvious, clear-cut answers. Instead, they tend to involve complex, convoluted fact patterns and present a maze of thorny ethical issues ...

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Ethically Speaking: If your client intends to harm someone, what should you do?

It’s an interesting question: Should you learn that a client intends to kill or seriously harm another person, or otherwise commit a crime, what are you ethical obligations? Are you required to disclose the information or is doing so a discretionary decision?

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Ethically Speaking: Is fee sharing with out-of-state lawyers ethical?

You may have wondered whether it’s permissible to share fees with out-of-state colleagues who refer cases to you. Receiving a referral from non-New York lawyers probably isn’t an uncommon occurrence for you and if you’re able to share fees, it certainly makes it more likely ...

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Ethically Speaking: How to ethically limit the scope of legal representation

Is it ethical to contractually limit the scope of legal representation provided to a client? Can a court order you to continue your representation despite a mutually agreed upon contractual limitation? What are your obligations to a client once the agreed upon scope of your representation ends?

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Ethically Speaking: Spousal conflicts — not the matrimonial kind

The general rule of thumb in the business world is that it’s best not to mix business and family. Doing so can lead to crossed wires, bad feelings and unfortunate misunderstandings — none of which bode well for congenial familial relationships. Even so, many people still choose to do so and it works out just fine.

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