Professional ethics

Changing legal council in between on going case

I am in the process of divorcing and is thinking of changing to another legal council. If my spouse approach the previous council I have decided to end the service with, can she take on his case and go against me?

Nathan’s Answer

Absolutely not. An attorney is prohibited by the rules of ethics from representing you, then representing another individual against you in the same matter. One of the reasons for this is because the other side would now have access to your thought processes and arguments. If the attorney were to all of a sudden, use these things to represent someone else against you in the same matter, the legal process would be tainted by unfair advantage to the other side.

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