July 01, 2012

Client Rapport and Ethical Considerations

L. Rush Hunt, Mike McCauley, and Patricia Ann Day

From Understanding Elder Law, Chapter 1

  • Discover how to maintain confidentiality.
  • Find out how to avoid multiple representation.

Determining Who Is the Client

Attorneys dealing with elder clients often face ethical issues in determining competence, in properly representing the impaired or incapacitated client, and determining who is actually the client. One of the first questions the attorney must ask is “who do I represent? Is it the elderly person, is it the family member, or is it both?”

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