There are limitations on a lawyer’s ability to take action on your behalf, regardless of the fact that you may have a legitimate legal problem. A lawyer is required to decline to advise you or assist in the resolution of a matter if such representation would cause a conflict of interest, unless the potential conflict is fully disclosed and all affected parties give consent to the representation. Where a conflict of interest exists, you may need to obtain representation elsewhere. Usually, the lawyer whom you initially consult will refer you to other counsel if you so request.