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Advanced CLE

2023 Ethics of joint representations: Keeping secrets and telling lies

Total Credits: 1.2 MCLE, 1.2 Ethics, 0.0 Kansas Credit, 0.0 Kansas Ethics

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Representing two or more clients in a business or commercial transaction is full of potential ethical traps. It’s essential that clients understand the potential for conflicts of interest, how confidential information is shared among the joint clients, how negotiating strategies may be altered because of the joint representation, and the real risk to the transaction if clients eventually develop unresolvable disputes among themselves. Counseling clients about information flows and obtaining a written waiver of conflicts from all clients are essential first steps but not the end of the process. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to representing two or more clients in a business or commercial transaction.

•    Understanding information flows and potential conflicts of interest.
•    Counseling clients about sharing of confidential information – and its implications.
•    Negotiation ethics when representing multiple clients.
•    Drafting conflict of interest waivers.
•    Attorney-client privilege issues involved in joint representations.
•    What to do when jointly represented clients disagree.


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