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Conflict of Interest? PLEASE help!

Onancock, VA |

I am filing for divorce. My husband hired a divorce attorney, then after meeting with her and having a separation agreement written up but never executed, opted not to use her, and was given back the balance of his retainer.

May I now use this attorney, or will that be a conflict of interest for her?

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Attorney answers 3


She cannot represent you after he has met with her or retained her for any proceeding related to divorce.


No, that would be a conflict of interest. I'm sure there is more than one family law attorney in your area, even on the Eastern Shore. If you can't find one, you might look across the Bay in Norfolk or Virginia Beach for help.

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Ethical constraints keep her from representing you and/or disclosing to you anything about her representation of your former husband.

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