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Can I represent a client in a field of law I'm not familiar with?
Q. A client has asked me to handle her divorce, but I’ve never done one. Can I ethically represent her?
A. Lawyer competence to handle any given matter is addressed in RPC 1.1. Comment  provides that “a lawyer need not necessarily have special training or prior experience to handle legal problems of a type with which the lawyer is unfamiliar” and that “a lawyer can provide adequate representation in a wholly novel field through necessary study.” In addition, Comment  says that “a lawyer may accept representation where the requisite level of competence can be achieved by reasonable preparation.” A novice lawyer could also associate with a lawyer of “established competence” in the field at issue in order to competently represent the client.