Exhusband has filed a civl lawsuit fo a million dollars, issues which came up in divorce proceedings. Can the family lawyer represent me in the civil suit
yes, family lawyers are civil lawyers, and your family lawyer will know which of the issues in his new case are aleady "res judicata" (already decided).
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Absolutely; however, some lawyers who focus their practice in only one area, such as family law, may be reluctant to represent you in this type of litigation and may refer you to someone else. That's simply a "comfort level" decision to decline representation in an area of the law they may be less familiar with. You do not describe the facts of the suit, but most such disgruntled ex-spouse law suits are thrown out on a motion to dismiss as an impermissible collateral attack on the judgment entered against them in the family law case. The law is pretty clear in this area, and you should make sure you hire an attorney you are comfortable with to defend you.
The exception to the advice of my collegues is if the family lawyer is a potential witness in the civil action. If that is the case, then the family lawyer is precluded under the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct from handling the action.
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