The client-attorney relationship involves a lot of trust and confidence in the other party. For clients, they will be sharing some personal and intimidate details of their life when working on a case with their attorney. And for an attorney, must give their client the right legal advice and trust that the client is giving them all the facts related to the case. Regardless of the side, you are on, there is no doubt that this fiduciary relationship has honor and faithfulness attached to it.
When a representation agreement is communicated verbally or in writing, an attorney-client relationship is formed. A casual chat at a social occasion would not normally be included, but requesting legal assistance and seeking counsel would. If you are seeking the counsel of an attorney, you should understand your attorney’s duties to you. Once you have selected a solicitor it is difficult to change them for the case.
Hence, we have made a list of things you should look for before finalizing the attorney you would choose to represent you.
Confidentiality of Information:
Privacy of information is the fundamental virtue of a lawyer-client relationship. An attorney’s professional obligation prohibits him or her from disclosing information about a client’s representation unless the client grants informed consent, the sharing of information is implicit as part of the representation, or other special circumstances. Informed consent implies that the customer should consent to the release of information and be fully aware of the agreement and the possible repercussions.
Availability to Clear Doubts:
Whenever a client has inquiries, an attorney should be available to talk to a client. Many lawyers are busy and it’s hard to reach your lawyer occasionally. A client, on the other hand, should never be left in the dark about the status of their case. Customers should confidently remark, “I know that my attorney’s busy, but I know the case is going on.” As soon as new information is provided concerning the case, the lawyer should immediately tell the client.
Shouldn’t be Conflict of Interest:
If the representation presents a conflict of interest, an attorney cannot represent a client. In general, a conflict of interest exists when: (1) one client’s representation is directly opposed to another’s representation, such as representing both the accused and the victim in the same criminal action; OR (2) there is a strong danger that representing one or more clients would materially restrict the attorney’s responsibilities to another client, a former client, or an unrelated third party.
You should get regular, ideally in writing, updates on the progress of your case. Your lawyer must advise you about all your choices, including the best course of action, which can be other ways of resolving disputes. Without your directions, your lawyer cannot decide, either. They must quickly and efficiently follow your directions in conformity with the law.
Autrey Law Firm has a team of excellent lawyers who confide in the trust and honor of the attorney-client relationship. If you are looking for an attorney in North Dakota to represent you, get in touch with Autrey Law Firm’s attorney.