Lawyer dating client
Indeed, just last year, the Louisiana Supreme Court declined to apply to former clients the prohibition on dating current clients.Justice Jeannette Knoll concurred to emphasize that a lawyer's ethical duties to the client don't stop just because representation is over: "Inherent in the duty of loyalty is the corresponding duty to protect the client's best interests.While this duty primarily impacts ongoing representation, the attorney must continue to act in a way so as not to actively harm the former client's best interests even after the professional relationship ceases." She went on to point out the problem in the case before the Court -- namely, that, while representation was technically over because the client no longer needed the lawyer's services in a divorce action, Louisiana requires a six-month waiting period before a divorce is final.Just Wait a Little While Lawyers who want to date former clients should thus wait until the entire action is over before starting the relationship.These standards, many of them established by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, are continuously evolving as society and the practice of law change over time.Law360, New York (March 22, 2016, PM EDT) -- Intimate secrets. But despite tough treatment by discipline commissions on lawyers who cross the line, experts say there are some gray areas in the ethical boundaries around sex with clients that lawyers should be aware of, even if just to help them avoid professional quicksand.“States vary in wording of their rules, but the common theme is that the [conduct] committees look with...Just because representation ceases doesn't mean the ongoing duties cease.
That is, it is largely regulated by lawyers and judges themselves rather than by the government or outside agencies.There's no definitive time period, or even a guideline, except that lawyers should use the action itself, not the representation, as their benchmark, and should use caution.