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can a lawyer represent his girlfriend in court? what are general

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can a lawyer represent his girlfriend in court? what are general relevant guideline for representing clients? can he do it free of charge? thank you

Thank you for your questions.

The lawyer is not prohibited from representing a girlfriend, although the relationship does place the lawyer in a place where there could be ethical questions of concern and potential for abuse.

Further, there is no rule stating that a lawyer cannot represent the girlfriend free of charge. It is allowable, although the lawyer must exercise care not to abuse the professional relationship.

If the lawyer, for instance, decides to hurt the client because she broke up with him, this could get him into professional trouble.

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