Can one lawyer represent both sides in a Family Court matter? In Massachusetts, as in most states, the answer is a clear and resounding “No!” The attorney cannot effectively represent two parties with completely different goals in the same case, as the advice that the attorney gave to one spouse may be very detrimental to the other spouse.
I certainly understand the desire and often the need to minimize your legal fees whenever possible. The simple fact is that if a case is not contested or complicated, it should not be expensive. I often advise my clients that if there is only one lawyer involved in the case, you should make sure that you are the one with the lawyer sitting beside you. If a problem arises, you want an advocate there to deal with it. If you have questions, you want someone qualified and competent to answer it. Why take the risk of being unrepresented? It is simply not worth it.
Contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar to discuss your unique situation either by email or telephone 978-844-4095 to schedule a free one hour no obligation consultation.