The short answer to this question is “no.” Although the answer is simple, it can be difficult to apply in practice because:
Issues with clients may arise in any type of case but are more common in criminal defense and family law cases. Although it may be difficult for these clients to find legal representation, remember that if the case has merit, someone will represent them, and it does not need to be you. If you do not believe you can work well with a client, or properly handle their legal issue, do not hesitate to tell them no.
If you decide not to accept a new client, best practice requires you to send a non-engagement letter. If you do so, make sure that:
For more advice on writing a non-engagement letter please review Module 7 – Retainers.