A lawyer has a fiduciary duty to avoid conflicting interest with a client. A conflict of interest arises whenever a lawyer’s independent judgement on behalf of a client may be affected by a loyalty to another party or even to his or her own interest. There is a potential conflict of interest when an attorney:
- Represents multiple claimants in an aggregate settlement (common when an accident injures several individuals, all of whom hire the same lawyer)
- Represents both sides in a matter where the parties’ interests may conflict (e.g. representing both buyer and selling or both parties in a divorce)
- Has personal interest or loyalty that conflict with that of his/her client
Get Help Recouping Your Losses Caused By A Lawyer’s Conflict Of Interest
If your claim or the amount of your recovery has been compromised because your lawyer had a conflict of interest, speak with Jim Traut at the Traut Firm by calling (714) 698-4750. You can also contact us online. Consultations are free and confidential.