Great ethical lawyering comes with many mandates and obligations. As a client, you have the right to demand that your lawyer complies with such. In this brief article, we will try to provide you with some overall insights.
1. Duty of Confidentiality
Attorney-client privilege refers to the fact that lawyers are not allowed to disclose any pertinent information arising from their communications with clients regarding their case, without client's permission. Therefore, attorneys are obligated to maintain client secrecy not only as an ethical rule but also as a legal requirement set forth by law.
Generally, attorneys cannot be forced by any person, court or agency to disclose confidential communications between attorneys and their clients. In fact, in most jurisdictions, a lawyer must take client's confidential info to his or her grave; which means never to disclose them, even if the client fires the lawyer.
2. Timely and Truthful Communication
It is an attorney's duty to communicate timely and truthfully with clients regarding their legal matters.
Attorneys must remain loyal to their clients as an ethical requirement and zealously represent their clients' interests within the boundaries of law. This means that all conflicts of interests should be avoided. If a conflict of interest arises in the midst of an ongoing case, ethical rules mandate certain precautionary actions, including withdrawal from representation.
Laziness and Great Lawyering are opposite worlds. A Lawyer must make sure all reasonable avenues are covered in the process of representation. To actively look for witnesses, evidence, and rules of law, which are relevant and may affect the outcome of the case, truthfully.
5. Scope of Representation
Some Decisions such as making a plea; accept or reject settlement offers are made by the clients. Lawyers can make recommendations, but cannot accept or reject any such offers without client's informed final decision.
A client and a lawyer can agree on Limited-Scope of Representation. This means a lawyer and client can stipulate that the lawyer will handle some parts of client's case.
Traditionally, attorneys were hired to provide legal services on all aspects of a case, from start to finish. Limited-scope representation is sometimes called “unbundling” or “discrete task representation,” which gives both the Chosen Lawyer and client a wide range of options.
For instance, a client, while self-representing, can consult a lawyer to obtain legal information and advice about his or her case when needed. For instance, a Client can hire a lawyer to prepare the needed documents, so the client can do the filing and so on.
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