Conscious uncouplings — the importance of documenting that client representation has concluded
By Eddie Reich
‘It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate… We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.’
With these words, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced to the world that their marriage of 10 years had ended. Although I confess that I have not followed the Paltrow-Martin saga very closely (okay, at all), I applaud them for being direct and unambiguous in communicating their ‘conscious uncoupling’. Lawyers would be well served to follow the now un-couple’s example. There are a host of reasons to clearly document that the representation of a client — even on just a specific matter — has concluded…
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