Can a lawyer date a former client?

Question

Can an attorney become personally involved with a former client? If so, is there a specific timeline that needs to be met to fulfill an ethical code? Are there any punishments from the bar for such behavior?

Answer

It is hard to discern whether this situation affects you or yours -- or whether you are merely checking the accuracy of this week's plot from The Practice. But the answer is that as long as the client is a former client, the relationship is on the legal and ethical up-and-up. What is important is that there is no existing attorney-client relationship.

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