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Impaired clients blur judgment

Impaired clients blur judgment

THE LAW Society of NSW this week responded to a chorus of concerns from members of the profession caught in the precarious position of following instructions from a client they believe may be…

THE LAW Society of NSW this week responded to a chorus of concerns from members of the profession caught in the precarious position of following instructions from a client they believe may be suffering from a mental illness or intellectual disability.

Guidelines assisting both legal advisors and the wider community were launched last week. They suggest appropriate action for a solicitor to take upon detecting evidence that a client may be incompetent to give instructions.

“There is a fine line to be negotiated between patronising a client and protecting their best interests,” said principal author Jennifer Pakula.

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