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Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney’s Duty To His Clients

MR 1.1 Competence
 A lawyer shall provide competent representation to client, which requires legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness
and preparation reasonably necessary for representation.
MR 1.2 Scope of Representation*
a) Subject to paragraphs (c) and (d), a lawyer shall abide by a client's decisions concerning the objectives of
representation and, as required by Rule 1.4, shall consult with the client as to the means by which they are to be
pursued. A lawyer may take such action on behalf of the client as is impliedly authorized to carry out the
representation. A lawyer shall abide by a client's decision whether to settle a matter. In a criminal case, the
lawyer shall abide by the client's decision, after consultation with the lawyer, as to a plea to be entered, whether
to waive jury trial and whether the client will testify.
b) A lawyer's representation of a client, including representation by appointment, does not constitute an
endorsement of the client's political, economic, social or moral views or activities.
c) A lawyer may limit the scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the
client gives informed consent.
d) A lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal or
fraudulent, but a lawyer may discuss the legal consequences of any proposed course of conduct with a client and
may counsel or assist a client to make a good faith effort to determine the validity, scope, meaning or application
of the law.
MR 1.3 Diligence
 A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.
MR 1.4 Communication
a) A lawyer shall:
1) Promptly inform the client of any decision or circumstance with respect to which the client's informed consent,
as defined in Rule 1.0(e), is required by these Rules;
2) Reasonably consult with the client about the means by which the client's objectives are to be accomplished;
3) Keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter;
4) Promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and
5) Consult with the client about any relevant limitation on the lawyer's conduct when the lawyer knows that the
client expects assistance not permitted by the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law.

6 Confidentiality of Information a) A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent.7 Conflict Of Interest: Current Clients a) Except as provided in paragraph (b). or 2) There is a significant risk that the representation of one or more clients will be materially limited by the lawyer's responsibilities to another client. a former client or a third person or by a personal interest of the lawyer. Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney’s Duty To His Clients MR 1. 4) To secure legal advice about the lawyer's compliance with these Rules. or to respond to allegations in any proceeding concerning the lawyer's representation of the client. mitigate or rectify substantial injury to the financial interests or property of another that is reasonably certain to result or has resulted from the client's commission of a crime or fraud in furtherance of which the client has used the lawyer's services. b) Notwithstanding the existence of a concurrent conflict of interest under paragraph (a).b) A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation. . MR 1. to establish a defense to a criminal charge or civil claim against the lawyer based upon conduct in which the client was involved. the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation or the disclosure is permitted by paragraph (b). a lawyer may represent a client if: 1) The lawyer reasonably believes that the lawyer will be able to provide competent and diligent representation to each affected client. 5) To establish a claim or defense on behalf of the lawyer in a controversy between the lawyer and the client. 3) To prevent. A concurrent conflict of interest exists if: 1) The representation of one client will be directly adverse to another client. 2) To prevent the client from committing a crime or fraud that is reasonably certain to result in substantial injury to the financial interests or property of another and in furtherance of which the client has used or is using the lawyer's services. or 6) To comply with other law or a court order. b) A lawyer may reveal information relating to the representation of a client to the extent the lawyer reasonably believes necessary: 1) To prevent reasonably certain death or substantial bodily harm. a lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation involves a concurrent conflict of interest.

and 4) Each affected client gives informed consent. .2) The representation is not prohibited by law. confirmed in writing. 3) The representation does not involve the assertion of a claim by one client against another client represented by the lawyer in the same litigation or other proceeding before a tribunal.

a statement that review may be available before a tribunal.9(c) that is material to the matter. d) The disqualification of lawyers associated in a firm with former or current government lawyers is governed by Rule 1. a statement of the firm's and of the screened lawyer's compliance with these Rules.11. and iii.Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney’s Duty To His Clients MR 1. at reasonable intervals upon the former client's written request and upon termination of the screening procedures. b) When a lawyer has terminated an association with a firm. or 2) The prohibition is based upon Rule 1.9(a) or (b) and arises out of the disqualified lawyer’s association with a prior firm. which shall include a description of the screening procedures employed. Certifications of compliance with these Rules and with the screening procedures are provided to the former client by the screened lawyer and by a partner of the firm. the firm is not prohibited from thereafter representing a person with interests materially adverse to those of a client represented by the formerly associated lawyer and not currently represented by the firm. The disqualified lawyer is timely screened from any participation in the matter and is apportioned no part of the fee therefrom. none of them shall knowingly represent a client when any one of them practicing alone would be prohibited from doing so by Rules 1. and an agreement by the firm to respond promptly to any written inquiries or objections by the former client about the screening procedures.7. ii. unless 1) The prohibition is based on a personal interest of the disqualified lawyer and does not present a significant risk of materially limiting the representation of the client by the remaining lawyers in the firm. and i. .7 or 1.9. and 2) Any lawyer remaining in the firm has information protected by Rules 1. c) A disqualification prescribed by this rule may be waived by the affected client under the conditions stated in Rule 1.10 Imputation Of Conflicts Of Interest: General Rule a) While lawyers are associated in a firm. Written notice is promptly given to any affected former client to enable the former client to ascertain compliance with the provisions of this Rule. unless: 1) The matter is the same or substantially related to that in which the formerly associated lawyer represented the client.6 and 1.

seeking the appointment of a guardian ad litem. the lawyer is impliedly authorized under Rule 1. conservator or guardian. including consulting with individuals or entities that have the ability to take action to protect the client and. in appropriate cases. the lawyer may take reasonably necessary protective action.6(a) to reveal information about the client. When taking protective action pursuant to paragraph (b). c) Information relating to the representation of a client with diminished capacity is protected by Rule 1. maintain a normal client-lawyer relationship with the client. as far as reasonably possible. financial or other harm unless action is taken and cannot adequately act in the client's own interest. mental impairment or for some other reason.Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney’s Duty To His Clients MR 1. is at risk of substantial physical. but only to the extent reasonably necessary to protect the client's interests. b) When the lawyer reasonably believes that the client has diminished capacity. whether because of minority. .6.14 Client With Diminished Capacity a) When a client's capacity to make adequately considered decisions in connection with a representation is diminished. the lawyer shall.

3) The client has used the lawyer's services to perpetrate a crime or fraud. a lawyer shall not represent a client or. 2) The client persists in a course of action involving the lawyer's services that the lawyer reasonably believes is criminal or fraudulent. d) Upon termination of representation. .16 Declining Or Terminating Representation a) Except as stated in paragraph (c). a lawyer may withdraw from representing a client if: 1) Withdrawal can be accomplished without material adverse effect on the interests of the client. 6) The representation will result in an unreasonable financial burden on the lawyer or has been rendered unreasonably difficult by the client. a lawyer shall continue representation notwithstanding good cause for terminating the representation. b) Except as stated in paragraph (c). 4) The client insists upon taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant or with which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement. When ordered to do so by a tribunal. a lawyer shall take steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect a client's interests. where representation has commenced. or 3) The lawyer is discharged. such as giving reasonable notice to the client. shall withdraw from the representation of a client if: 1) The representation will result in violation of the rules of professional conduct or other law. c) A lawyer must comply with applicable law requiring notice to or permission of a tribunal when terminating a representation. 2) The lawyer's physical or mental condition materially impairs the lawyer's ability to represent the client. surrendering papers and property to which the client is entitled and refunding any advance payment of fee or expense that has not been earned or incurred. or 7) Other good cause for withdrawal exists. allowing time for employment of other counsel. The lawyer may retain papers relating to the client to the extent permitted by other law.Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney’s Duty To His Clients MR 1. 5) The client fails substantially to fulfill an obligation to the lawyer regarding the lawyer's services and has been given reasonable warning that the lawyer will withdraw unless the obligation is fulfilled.

except as provided in paragraph (d).9 would permit with respect to information of a former client. The disqualified lawyer is timely screened from any participation in the matter and is apportioned no part of the fee therefrom.Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney’s Duty To His Clients MR 1. except as Rule 1. no lawyer in a firm with which that lawyer is associated may knowingly undertake or continue representation in such a matter. confirmed in writing. Written notice is promptly given to the prospective client. a lawyer who has learned information from a prospective client shall not use or reveal that information. b) Even when no client-lawyer relationship ensues.18 Duties To Prospective Client a) A person who consults with a lawyer about the possibility of forming a client-lawyer relationship with respect to a matter is a prospective client. . and i. If a lawyer is disqualified from representation under this paragraph. or: 2) The lawyer who received the information took reasonable measures to avoid exposure to more disqualifying information than was reasonably necessary to determine whether to represent the prospective client. d) When the lawyer has received disqualifying information as defined in paragraph (c). and ii. c) A lawyer subject to paragraph (b) shall not represent a client with interests materially adverse to those of a prospective client in the same or a substantially related matter if the lawyer received information from the prospective client that could be significantly harmful to that person in the matter. representation is permissible if: 1) Both the affected client and the prospective client have given informed consent. except as provided in paragraph (d).

1 Advisor  In representing a client. a lawyer shall exercise independent professional judgment and render candid advice. economic.Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney's Duties To Society MR 2. that may be relevant to the client's situation.1 Truthfulness in Statements to Others  In the course of representing a client a lawyer shall not knowingly: a) Make a false statement of material fact or law to a third person. MR 4. unless disclosure is prohibited by Rule 1. In rendering advice. social and political factors. or b) Fail to disclose a material fact to a third person when disclosure is necessary to avoid assisting a criminal or fraudulent act by a client. a lawyer may refer not only to law but to other considerations such as moral.6. .

disclosure to the tribunal. 2) Fail to disclose to the tribunal legal authority in the controlling jurisdiction known to the lawyer to be directly adverse to the position of the client and not disclosed by opposing counsel. a lawyer shall inform the tribunal of all material facts known to the lawyer that will enable the tribunal to make an informed decision.3 Candor Toward The Tribunal a) A lawyer shall not knowingly: 1) Make a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal or fail to correct a false statement of material fact or law previously made to the tribunal by the lawyer. is engaging or has engaged in criminal or fraudulent conduct related to the proceeding shall take reasonable remedial measures.Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney's Duties To The Court MR 3. including. the lawyer’s client. b) A lawyer who represents a client in an adjudicative proceeding and who knows that a person intends to engage. or 3) Offer evidence that the lawyer knows to be false. other than the testimony of a defendant in a criminal matter. or a witness called by the lawyer. whether or not the facts are adverse. and apply even if compliance requires disclosure of information otherwise protected by Rule 1. . d) In an ex parte proceeding. disclosure to the tribunal. If a lawyer. A lawyer may refuse to offer evidence. if necessary. including. that the lawyer reasonably believes is false. if necessary.6. the lawyer shall take reasonable remedial measures. has offered material evidence and the lawyer comes to know of its falsity. c) The duties stated in paragraphs (a) and (b) continue to the conclusion of the proceeding.

MR 8. or a lawyer in connection with a bar admission application or in connection with a disciplinary matter.Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney's Duties To The Profession MR 8. b) A lawyer who knows that a judge has committed a violation of applicable rules of judicial conduct that raises a substantial question as to the judge's fitness for office shall inform the appropriate authority.4(c) Misconduct  It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty.6 or information gained by a lawyer or judge while participating in an approved lawyers assistance program. deceit or misrepresentation. MR 8. except that this rule does not require disclosure of information otherwise protected by Rule 1. shall inform the appropriate professional authority.6. or b) Fail to disclose a fact necessary to correct a misapprehension known by the person to have arisen in the matter. trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.1 Bar Admission & Disciplinary Matters  An applicant for admission to the bar. or knowingly fail to respond to a lawful demand for information from an admissions or disciplinary authority. shall not: a) Knowingly make a false statement of material fact. fraud. c) This Rule does not require disclosure of information otherwise protected by Rule 1. .3 Reporting Lawyer Misconduct a) A lawyer who knows that another lawyer has committed a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question as to that lawyer's honesty.

1 Responsibilities of Partners. shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the firm has in effect measures giving reasonable assurance that all lawyers in the firm conform to the Rules of Professional Conduct. b) A subordinate lawyer does not violate the Rules of Professional Conduct if that lawyer acts in accordance with a supervisory lawyer's reasonable resolution of an arguable question of professional duty. c) A lawyer shall be responsible for another lawyer's violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct if: 1) The lawyer orders or. & Supervisory Lawyers a) A partner in a law firm. MR 5. Managers. and knows of the conduct at a time when its consequences can be avoided or mitigated but fails to take reasonable remedial action.2 Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer a) A lawyer is bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct notwithstanding that the lawyer acted at the direction of another person.Model Rules Pertaining To An Attorney's Duties To The Profession MR 5. . with knowledge of the specific conduct. ratifies the conduct involved. and a lawyer who individually or together with other lawyers possesses comparable managerial authority in a law firm. b) A lawyer having direct supervisory authority over another lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the other lawyer conforms to the Rules of Professional Conduct. or has direct supervisory authority over the other lawyer. or 2) The lawyer is a partner or has comparable managerial authority in the law firm in which the other lawyer practices.