Will a conflict of interest exist if my attorney has a friendship with the attorney of the opposing party?

Does a conflict of interest exist if my attorney has a friendship with the attorney for the opposing side?

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Just because opposing attorneys are friends, a conflict of interest does not necessarily exist. Providing that it is a friendship rather than a family relationship with a spouse, parent, child, or sibling, a conflict of interest is unlikely. Lawyers have a duty of loyalty towards a client, so sometimes a close relationship may create a conflict. Any potential or actual conflict will limit or affect the representation of a client. Therefore, lawyers must avoid conflicts of interest.

Answered on 28 Sep 2018


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