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How can you identify an attorney’s conflict of interest?

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Legal Malpractice

When we enlist legal services from an attorney, we hope for and expect their undivided loyalty, competence and commitment to act in our best interests, free from any conflicts that could compromise their ability to represent us effectively.

It may be considered legal malpractice if your attorney fails to disclose or address conflicts of interest that could reasonably be expected to impact their representation of you, potentially leading to harm or adverse outcomes in your legal matter. However, conflict of interest may be identified in the following ways.

Attorney disclosure

Your attorney is obligated to disclose any potential conflicts of interest to you. This includes any relationships, financial interests or other factors that could affect their ability to represent you impartially and effectively. They should provide clear and transparent communication about any connections they have with other parties involved in your case, ensuring that you are fully informed before proceeding with their representation.

Observation and research

Observation and research play crucial roles in identifying conflicts of interest when enlisting legal services from an attorney. In the course of your interactions and research, pay attention to any red flags or inconsistencies that may indicate a potential conflict. This includes noting if the attorney hesitates or avoids answering questions about their relationships with other parties involved in your case or if you discover any connections through independent research.


As the client, you can inquire from your attorney directly about any concerns or suspicions regarding potential conflicts of interest. Don’t hesitate to ask specific questions about their relationships, affiliations or past dealings that may impact their ability to represent you impartially. Requesting clarification or additional information can help ensure transparency and give you peace of mind about the attorney’s integrity and commitment to your case.

If you suspect legal malpractice from your attorney, consider seeking legal guidance to better understand your options for recourse and potential remedies available to you.