04 tpl 16-3.qxd
ot too long ago, a person who wanted to hire a lawyer had to call him on the phone or stop by to see him. In that initial interviiew the lawyer had to make sure that undertaking the representation would not create a conflict of interest with an existing or formme client. Many states hold that a person who discloses confidential information to a law firm in a good faith effort to hire it can disqualify that firm to the same extent as if it had retained it.2 To avoid disqualification, the lawyer in...