Ethics Issues Arising in Estate Planning for Those in Different Family Contexts
We must have a high degree of sensitivity to the innumerable needs and concerns of clients regardless of their particular type of family or the position they may occupy within a family. This is especially true when working with couples in a non-marital relationship, blended families and multiple generations of the same family (contexts that sometimes overlap).
These increasingly common engagements raise numerous ethics issues, including the following:
- How best to construct engagement letters
- Determining whether joint representation is desirable or even possible
- Insidious conflicts of interest
- Dealing with unrepresented individuals