Often times, a client might be unsure about where they stand with the matter they bring before their lawyer.
As the client, you will choose the general direction of your matter. As your lawyer, our main responsibility is to provide legal advice on the various options available to push your matter ahead, including the pros, cons and expenses related with each.
It is important to remember, no matter the recommendations we provide to you as your lawyer, the ultimate decision remains yours.
As a lawyer, it is our duty to each client to hold all information concerning the business and affairs of the client in strict confidence.
A lawyer-client relationship requires full and unreserved communication. This is the only way a lawyer can provide meaningful legal advice to their client.
It is important for a client to know that the confidential communications between a lawyer and client continue to remain confidential even after the lawyer-client relationship has ceased to exist.
* In certain cases, the Rules of Professional Conduct allow for justified/permitted disclosure of confidential communications, provided certain criteria are met.
Two-way communication is paramount in any lawyer-client relationship. It is important for a client to remember that a lawyer cannot move forward on any part of their case file without clear instructions from their client.
Especially in time sensitive cases, it is vital for the lawyer and the client to communicate clearly and effectively throughout the retainer, so that important deadlines are met.