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Abstract

This article identifies and analyzes the complex ethical and service questions that arise when attorneys and social workers collaborate on behalf of their clients. These issues include: client confidentiality; attorney-client privilege and client waiver of the privilege; identification of the primary client and multi-party representation; legal requirements versus ethical obligations appropriate division of professional responsibilities; case reviews and consultations; and models for combing law and social work practices This article is intended to increase the understanding of and respect for the contributions of both disciplines, promote dialogue among professionals, and enhance service collaborations where appropriate.

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