|Oregon State Bar Bulletin APRIL 2010|
The article “All in the Family” (February/March 2010) suggests that representation of the business and estate planning for the family can be done by the same lawyer. Maybe, but not likely.
As the article suggests, if the lawyer represents the corporation, he/she does not represent the individual family members. [OSB General Counsel] Sylvia Stevens is right. The lawyer needs to know who he/she represents and for what. Corporations are run by officers, directors and shareholders. The lawyer who represents the corporation needs to know who controls the corporation and abide by the wishes of those people regardless of what he/she thinks is fair or what other family member want.
“Don’t try to represent everybody” is very good advice. There are enough lawyers around to represent all family members.
Peter M. Appleton
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