Peter Paralegal has been asked to conduct the initial client interviews of two new clients by his supervising attorney at Honest Law firm. The clients are Big Box Discount Shoppe (“Big Box”) and Value Mart. Big Box and Value Mart are business competitors, and Peter’s supervising attorney has asked Peter to obtain information on their cases to determine whether or not a conflict of interest exists.
Peter’s supervising attorney has also asked him to do the following tasks:
- Prepare initial interview questions for the Big Box and Value Mart interviews.
- Prepare fee agreement documents for Big Box and Value Mart.
- Explain fee agreement and establish the attorney-client relationship with Big Box and Value Mart if Peter determines that there is no conflict of interest.
- Draft initial pleadings and responses for Big Box and Value Mart.
- Call and interview any witnesses identified by Big Box and Value Mart that might have information on the cases.
- Draft and sign initial case evaluation letters and mail them to Big Box and Value Mart.
Peter conducts the initial interviews with Big Box and Value Mart. Big Box would like the Honest Law firm to represent them in a workers compensation case where their employee allegedly injured their back while at work. Value Mart would like the Honest Law firm to represent them in a case where a customer allegedly slipped, fell, and suffered injury on some ice in the Value Mart parking lot.
In a 2–3 page paper, in the following order please discuss:
- Whether Peter Paralegal can ethically perform each of the tasks assigned to him by his supervising attorney (tasks 1–6).
- Explain whether the task would be considered UPL and explain why or why not.
- Also, make sure to cite to the relevant ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct and any comments to the Rule that may clarify your position.
- Discuss whether the Honest Law firm can ethically represent both Big Box and Value Mart, and explain whether or not there is a conflict of interest.
- Define what is meant by a “positional conflict” (also known as an “issue conflict.”) Is it a conflict of interest for an attorney to take inconsistent legal positions in different cases for different clients? Why or why not? (Refer to the Comments to Rule 1.7 in your analysis
- Make sure to apply and discuss the relevant ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct.
- Please prepare an APA formatted cover sheet with your memorandum. Do not forget to indicate which Unit the assignment is for
- Be sure to avoid the use of first person. Instead convey your research utilizing third person.
- Keep all font color consistent throughout. If you copy and paste a link and it is in blue, hover your mouse over the link, right click and select “REMOVE HYPERLINK” to keep the font color black like the rest of your submission.
- Use size 12 Times New Roman font.
- Utilize in text citations. If a reference is listed in your reference page, it must be included within the body of your submission as well.
- Prepare an APA formatted reference page.
- Proofread your submission for any grammatical or sentence structure errors. Also, please refer to the rubric for this assignment.
- Submit your Assignment in a timely manner.
- Do not hesitate to ask for assistance should you need it.