by Pallas Hutchison
A dual relationship occurs when a friend becomes a client, or visa versa. The ethics regarding dual relationships has shifted away from the black and white. To some, this may not be a big deal. However, things can get complicated as boundaries get blurred.
For example, I ran into a new client at my kids' school concert. She's recently relocated here and we have a lot in common; she asked about getting together for lunch. She could be a new friend as well as a client as long as we respect the boundaries for each role.