Conflicts of interest
Before a lawyer can be hired, the lawyer needs to know whether the lawyer has any relationships which could constitute conflicts of interest - or whether the client has relationships which could lead the lawyer to have conflicts of interest. It is a bad investment to hire a lawyer who can't get the job done. So, when you contact me about acting as your lawyer
, let me know:
Who are the parties?
Who will be directly affected by the outcome?
Who are the main witnesses for each side?
Do not tell me the specifics of the dispute until I have determined whether I have any conflicts of interest. Inquiring whether I am available as an lawyer is not a means to disqualify me from continuing to represent my existing clients.