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Asked on: 2/10/06, 12:28 pm

Can an uncle be used as an attorney

I would like to know the ethics on using family to represent the defendent in court. I am in a separation to become divorced. My spouse's attorney is his uncle, services for free, with whom has has used as an employer previously also. I have also attended family functions with his lawyer in the 6 years we were married. Is there a thing called ''conflict of interest?'' My spouse seems to think that because he has free legal service, he can do whatever he wants. And, is this ethical?

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