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Professional Responsibility Keyed to Martyn
A. v. B.
Citation:726 A.2d 924 (N.J. 1999)
Hill Wallack, a New Jersey law firm, represented both A. (Petitioner) and B. (Respondent), as well as B.’s wife. B. was a husband who was preparing his will; however, he did not disclose to his wife the existence of an illegitimate child with A., another woman. The existence of the additional child was vital to B. and his wife’s estate plan. The family law group of Hill Wallack mistakenly retained A. as a client, and A. sought to sue B. for paternity of the child. Hill Wallack then withdrew from representation of A., citing a conflict of interest. B. then brought a claim against Hill Wallack to prevent disclosure of the illegitimate child’s existence to his wife, who was also a client of the firm.
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