Business litigation and family law partner Drew Soshnick authored an article for Family Advocate, the American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section’s quarterly magazine, addressing the pitfalls of allowing a third party to be injected too closely into the attorney-client relationship.
The article explains that a third party’s presence may dominate or stifle discussions between the attorney and the client. Soshnick adds that third parties may bring personal observations, prejudices, goals and implications that may be inconsistent with those of the client.
The author highlights the importance of confidentiality within the attorney-client privilege and the potential consequences associated with adding a third party. He also notes that non-lawyers and non-matrimonial lawyers lack experience and foresight related to matrimonial law, which has special nuances and is state-specific.
The full article is available for ABA members.