July 02, 2018 TECHNOLOGY

TAPAs: Law Office Systems: Conflict-Checking 20/20

By Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene

Conflict checking is a basic idea that everyone is taught in law school, except a lot of schools do not go into how conflict checks should be done. Conflicts of interest arise when a lawyer provides counsel to either a person or an entity that has interests that are adverse to another current or former client of the lawyer. Failing to do a proper conflict check could put your client at a disadvantage and could lead to a disqualification motion or even disciplinary proceedings being filed against you. If you have not examined your conflict-checking system recently, take a moment to look it over. The tips below may help you:

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