Responsibilities in an Attorney-Client Relationship

The relation between an attorney and client is reciprocal, and it involves responsibilities of each to the other.

The attorney’s primary task is to protect the client’s legal rights. Attorneys must use their skills and experience on behalf of their clients, but they cannot guarantee particular results in cases. Attorneys observe the ethical standards set forth in the American Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

The attorney keeps his or her client informed of the status of the client’s legal problem, and he or she provides copies of all correspondence and documents prepared on the client’s behalf or received from another party. An attorney may not settle the client’s case without the prior approval of the client.

The client’s responsibilities include truthfulness in all discussions.  The client offers the attorney both the favorable and unfavorable facts pertaining to the legal matter, and provides copies of all relevant information and documents. The client informs the attorney of any changes in situation. Clients make timely payment of all legal fees earned by the attorney, and any other expenses or items agreed to in the retainer or fee agreement.

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