Statement of Client's Rights
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 discharge).
You are entitled to your lawyer's independent
professional judgment and undivided loyalty un-compromised
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
You may refuse to enter into any fee
arrangement that you find unsatisfactory. 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 intent permitted by law.
You are entitled to have you 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, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, age, national origin or disability.
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