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My firm provides general business counsel to the corporation my family member works for. My family member just quick and they offered her a severence agreement. The family member asked if I could look it over. I do not do any work for this corp, but my firm does. I would like to help my family member, but worried about my ethical duty. Thoughts?

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Nope. Can't do it. Have a friend do it.

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Does your firm handle severance agreements or L&E matters for this client? If so, I would avoid it. If not, you probably have a little leeway to review, although I would still not put your name on anything going to the company just for relationship purposes, and I would let the family member know you can’t represent them if there is a dispute related to the termination or the severance agreement.

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Nope. Just stay away.

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I agree - this is exactly the sort of help out a family member/freebie work that can blow up, particularly if severance/separation agreement negotiation is not your area of expertise. Your family member should hire a pro to help them and they may likely get sufficient increase in separation package value to at least cover the legal expense.

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