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Asked on: 7/21/12, 1:33 pm

What is the protocol for lawyers or their agents, in terms of communicating with a case client for which he/she is not representing (the opposing side)? Can the attorney for a plaintiff contact the defendant outside of the defendant's attorney?

A mortgage investigator hired by the plaintiff's attorney approached the defendants and pressured them to make some decisions about their home, while they were facing foreclosure. The defendants complied at the time, but now need to know if that was appropriate for the plaintiff attorney's agent (the investigator) to do so. The defendants are facing eviction from their home after they were subject to fraudulent mortgage practices over 5 years ago.

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