What constitutes a conflict of interest with a divorce lawyer?
My wife’s current divorce attorney used to represent both my wife and I in an unrelated matter years prior where I shared with him extremely sensitive and confidential information.
Does this break the attorney-client privilege and also present a conflict of interest if he is now representing my wife in a case against me, a former client?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Oklahoma divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
In my state, an attorney shall not represent a client if “there is a significant risk that the representation of one or more clients will be materially limited by the lawyer’s responsibilities to another client, a former client or a third person or by a personal interest of the lawyer.”
Although I do not have all of the information in your case, it appears from what you have stated that you are a former client of your wife’s current attorney.
It also appears that this attorney has information about you that should be help confidential, according to the attorney-client privilege. However, you could have waived that privilege depending on who else has such information.
It is important that you contact an attorney to have a consultation so that you can fully explain your relationship with this attorney and determine whether or not the proper pleadings need to be filed.
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Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.