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It is not per se unethical for attorneys who are married or closely related to represent parties with adverse interests as long as the attorneys make full disclosure to their respective clients and obtain the consent of the clients to the representation. The attorneys should carefully examine the situation and one or more of the attorneys should decline employment or withdraw from the employment if it reasonably appears that a violation of any attorney's professional responsibilities will occur. Any disqualification of an attorney arising out of a familial relationship is imputed to the attorney's firm.
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