For the Public

Common Concerns

Conflict of Interest

 

Representing Family or Friends 

Lawyers are allowed to advise friends, family members, spouses and other people with whom they are acquainted. A lawyer is not in a conflict of interest simply because the lawyer is representing a family member or a friend. If the relationship is close and the matter acrimonious, the lawyer may be unable to remain professional and objective and, in such cases, it is best that the lawyer not act as counsel.