The Wayward Client (Family Advocate, Vol. 33, No. 2)
Marcia L. Proctor
What does a lawyer do when a client lies? Or when a client disobeys orders of a court? Or when a client threatens to engage in illegal or fraudulent conduct or blurts out an intention to commit bodily harm to herself or another? Some argue that these problems are more likely in a domestic relations case where emotions fluctuate and parties are not at their best. What makes these situations more troublesome is that when choosing a course of action, the lawyer’s duties to the client, to the...