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Ways a Family Lawyer Cannot Help You

In Child Custody, Child Support, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Separations and divorces encompass a broad array of issues that must be resolved. This includes emergency protective orders, separation agreements, property division, post separation support, child support, child custody, and absolute divorce. It can be incredibly reassuring to have an attorney to skillfully guide you through these issues into the future. Attorneys have a duty to follow the direction of their clients and to zealously fight to achieve clients’ goals. However, as you enter an attorney-client relationship with a family lawyer, it is critical that you understand that there are limits to what an attorney can do when representing you. Ways a Family Lawyer Cannot Help You Advise a client to commit a crime. The rules of professional conduct prohibit an attorney from assisting a client to commit a criminal …

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Understanding Attorney-Client Privilege

In Child Custody, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

The attorney client relationship is an incredibly important one. In order to navigate the legal system, an attorney is an absolute necessity in most proceedings. However, for that representation to be effective, a client and attorney must be able to freely speak about a case. This allows an attorney to provide comprehensive and thorough legal advice. Significantly, an attorney must have all the information necessary to provide effective legal representation. The Attorney Client Privilege The attorney-client privilege is one of the hallmarks of the American legal system. It is also one of the primary mechanisms that allows for free communication between a client and an attorney. In North Carolina, Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6(a) states that: A lawyer shall not reveal information acquired during the professional relationship with a client …