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2-Adversity to Former Clients

3-Multiple Representations on the Same Matter

73-Family Law Lawyers

A lawyer represented a husband in a child support matter. The husband's ex-wife later wanted to hire the lawyer in an action against another man for child support. One of the children's paternity was disputed, so the action could have adversely affected the lawyer's former client (the husband). The lawyer may represent the wife if the husband consents after full disclosure, but the lawyer may not represent either the wife or the former client husband should a conflict later arise.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn