Sex With Client Is Flirting With Disaster
Unless the intimate relationship occurred before the legal one, you're just asking for trouble
For example, in Georgia, an attorney was disciplined under the state's conflict of interest rules after the attorney engaged in a sexual relationship with a client he represented in a divorce and custody matter. The attorney was suspended for three years because, among other things, an extramarital relationship could negatively impact the client's matrimonial case regarding things like alimony, custody and attorney's fees.
If an intimate relationship begins,
terminate the representation.
The risks are just too great not to immediately terminate any representation in which an intimate relationship develops.
As the Minnesota attorney learned from a two-day relationship, termination of the representation does not eliminate all of the risks. But ending it early can certainly reduce the risk.
J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens are the authors of Georgia Legal Malpractice Law, published by Daily Report Books.