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Sep 1, 2016: Jim Bowie and Hillary Bouchard successfully defended an appeal before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court regarding a lawyer’s obligations to persons claiming to be clients

Jim Bowie and Hillary Bouchard successfully defended an appeal before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court which provided further definition to a lawyer’s obligations to persons claiming to be clients in the context of closely held businesses.  In Savell v. KRZ, 2016 ME 139, the Court agreed that the evidence did not support a claim that an interested manager/member sought legal advice or assistance from counsel for entities in which the manager/member was involved. The court also reaffirmed an earlier case won by Jim and Hillary in holding that a non-client must meet a rigorous balancing test in order to assert a claim against an attorney in a third party beneficiary situation, citing to Cabatit v. Canders, 2014 ME 133.

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