- CHECK CONFLICTS BEFORE TAKING THE CASE. A precursor step is to make sure you have a complete conflicts file, with a meaningful way to check against it. Then check potential new cases against that file every time. It is always better to know rather than to enter into the representation hoping for the best. Often there will be no conflict, or the conflict can be waived or otherwise handled. Or there may be a conflict which could potentially arise, which does not preclude the representation, but just requires you just to pay attention. In those cases where there is an unwaivable conflict, the check has just saved you from a very difficult situation and saved both you and the client unnecessary waste of time and money. And keep a record of your conflict checks, just in case.
Tune in next week for Rule #2!