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Is an attorney allowed to turn on their client?

Inspired by Yakuza Judgement. Say that Andy the Attorney is potentially representing Dave the defendant. But while they talk, Andy finds Dave to be a repulsive human being who's obviously guilty of ...
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How can I deal with a lawyer who is ignoring the real client in favor of the technical client?

Imagine a situation where the client in a case is an elderly lady who is forgetful and completely inexperienced in the law and she relies on her son to help her with a legal case. The son engages an ...
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Do Trump's lawyers have a fiduciary duty to delay the proceedings?

Trump is currently facing a variety of legal charges. If he is elected to the presidency and takes office, he could order the federal cases against him to be dropped. So it is against Trump's interest ...
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How is a wealthy criminal expected to get a good lawyer?

Say Carl the criminal is a bad guy who's rich. One day, he gets caught. They confiscate his phone and lock him up and deny bail. How is Carl supposed to find a good lawyer? He's locked up and doesn't ...
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Do initial email exchanges between an attorney and potential client constitute "client-attorney relationship"?

I sent an email to a patent attorney soliciting tradement and patent services. At what point does the "client-attorney relationship" begin, and hence offering protection to the client? I ...
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Is it necessary to have an attorney-client relationship for a lawyer to give legal advice to someone?

If a lawyer gives legal advice to someone who is not his/her client, is that legal?
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what criteria do lawyers, in particular patent lawyers, use to determine whether or not to accept a case?

I just came off of an initial consultation with a patent lawyer about a utility patent application. After the one hour consultation, he stated that he currently does not have the bandwidth to take on ...
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Can an attorney represent a client against a previous client?

Can an attorney represent a client against a previous client, without notification to the previous client? If No, will case be thrown out upon being made known to the Court or must case be appealed on ...
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Is a lawyer required to discuss adjournment requests with a client before consenting?

If an attorney receives a request from opposing counsel to adjourn an upcoming hearing, (which would then be communicated to the court as a joint letter) does he need to consult with his client or can ...
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