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Indirectly there is .The lawyer cannot contract with anyone under 18 years of age.There is no law against talking to a minor here but realistically most lawyers in both states will not do so because they know they have no legal right or way to hire or pay them until age 18.
Here is reference to states and their age to contract.
A lawyer sometimes talks to folks confidentially for free and that remains confidential, the problem is they will not usually go much further because the minor cannot contract and pay them.
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There are special ethics rules for minors here.
Here there is a difference when the lawyer is court appointed.In that situation he is not contracting but being appointed.If a lawyer is aware a child is being abused they have professional duty to report it to the state.
Here is a specific opinion on that issue..
Tough question here, the lawyer has to decide if there is current abuse and whether it falls under the mandatory reporting laws.They can also report it anonymously.
Let me know if you have more here , each case is unique and its a tough issue between lawyer/client and need to report any known current abuse.
Reference to NJ..
A minor here can seek legal advice, especially where the lawyer is say court appointed ad litem or criminal case.They have the duty of confidentiality.Where it gets interesting is when there is say ongoing abuse.
They cannot legally hire a lawyer in either state and most lawyers if not appointed just decline to advise them because that is the point the attorney client relationship begins.
If they are appointed the contract then is with the court and they are appointed to then represent the minor.
It is part of attorney client privilege..
NYC opinion references this in detail..
They would have power to disaffirm a contract. Lawyers would not even get into them in the first place.
Age of Majority18 (Dom. Rel. §2)Eligibility for EmancipationNot specifiedContracts by MinorsMay disaffirm most contracts if disaffirmed within reasonable time after reaching majority; exceptions: (1). certain loans; (2). married infant buying home; (3). providing medical care for self/child; (4). for performing athletic or arts services if court-approved; (5). life insurance if 15 or over; (6). or if veteran or veteran's spouse (Gen. Oblig. §§3-101, et seq.)Minors' Ability to SueThrough guardian or parent, adult spouse, guardian ad litem appointed by court or by infant if over 14 (Civ. Prac. L. & R. §1201)Minors' Consent to Medical TreatmentIf - See more at: http://statelaws.findlaw.com/new-york-law/new-york-legal-ages-laws.html#sthash.gsLLIRDp.dpuf
In all states, the age requirement to sign a contract is 18 years of age. A child under the age of 18 is considered a minor and is unable to sign a contract unless it is for essential items. Essential items include medicines, food, and medical services. Otherwise, the minor child must have a parent or guardian consent to the contract in order for it to be legally binding.Here if a child has signed a contract for a non-essential item without your approval, the contract is not valid. In other words, you can contact the business and have the contract destroyed. Valid contracts are only so if the parent or guardian consented to the contract. Any items that the child purchased on contract would need to be returned. Fortunately, the retailers must return the items regardless of their return policy, since they violated the state’s law in allowing the minor to sign the contract in the first place.If a child is emancipated, meaning the court awarded them adult status while they were still underage, then their contracts are considered valid. In addition, if the child went to great lengths to make it appear that they were 18, such as producing a false identification card, then the court may decide that the contract is legally binding despite the child's status as a minor.
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