Statement of Client's Rights...
(As adopted by the
Administrative Board of the Courts)
- You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and
consideration at all times by your lawyer and the
other lawyers and personnel in your lawyer's office.
- You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling
your legal matter competently and diligently, in
accordance with the highest standards of the
profession. If you are not satisfied with how
your matter is being handled, you have the right to
withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any
time (court approval may be required in some matters
and your attorney may have a claim against you for the
value of services rendered to you up to the point of
- You are entitled to your lawyer's independent
professional judgment and undivided loyalty
by conflicts of interest.
- You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and
to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee
will be computed and the manner and frequency of
billing. You are entitled to request and receive
a written itemized bill from your attorney at
reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter
into any fee arrangement that you find unsatisfactory. In the event of a fee dispute,
you may have the right to seek arbitration; your
attorney will provide you with the necessary
information regarding arbitration in the event of a
fee dispute, or upon your request.
- You are entitled to have your questions and
concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your
telephone calls returned promptly.
- You are entitled to be kept informed as to
the status of your matter and to request and receive
copies of papers. You are entitled to sufficient
information to allow you to participate meaningfully
in the development of your matter.
- You are entitled to have your legitimate
objectives respected by your attorney, including
whether or not to settle your matter (court approval
of a settlement is required in some matters).
- You have the right to privacy in your
dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and
confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law.
- You are entitled to have your attorney
conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance
with the Code of Professional Responsibility.
- You may not be refused representation on the
basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, national origin or disability.