Issue: In a limited and properly prescreened engagement, may an attorney represent an
individual as a debtor in a no-asset Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, while
simultaneously representing one or more of the individual’s creditors in
unrelated matters, without violating his or her ethical obligations?
[Digest Answer]: Representation of an individual in connection with a no-asset Chapter 7
bankruptcy filing while simultaneously representing one or more of the
individual’s creditors in unrelated matters does not create a conflict of interest,
provided that the engagement is limited and certain intake procedures are
employed to ensure that the Chapter 7 proceeding in which the attorney is
involved is a simple in rem proceeding that focuses on the discharge of debts.