When does the client make the decision, and when does the attorney have control? This article discusses The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the attorney-client relationship, how family lawyers are failing at client relationships and what we can do about it, and concludes that family lawyers focus at our peril on the legal system while ignoring the family system in which our clients are operating. This paper is part of the materials I co-presented to the ABA Family Law Section Fall 2006 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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