Statement of Client’s Rights
§1210.1 of the Joint Rules of the Appellate Division amended April
15, 2013 - (22 NYCRR §1210.1)
1. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all
times by your lawyer and the other
lawyers and nonlawyer personnel in your lawyer’s office.
2. You are entitled to have your attorney handle 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 discharge your attorney and terminate 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.)
3. You are entitled to your lawyer's independent professional judgment
and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.
4. You are entitled to be charged
reasonable fees and expenses and to have your lawyer explain before or within a reasonable
time after commencement of the representation how the fees and expenses
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 arrangement for fees and expenses
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.
5. You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed promptly
and to receive a prompt reply to your letters, telephone calls, emails,
faxes, and other communications.
6. You are entitled to be kept reasonably informed as to the status of
your matter and are entitled to have your attorney promptly comply with
your reasonable requests for information, including your requests for
copies of papers relevant to the matter. You are entitled to sufficient
information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development
of your matter and make informed decisions regarding the representation.
7. You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your
attorney. In particular, the decision of whether to settle your matter is yours
and not your lawyer’s. (Court approval of a settlement is required
in some matters.)
8. You have the right to privacy in your communications with your lawyer
and to have your confidential information preserved by your lawyer to
the extent required by law.
9. You are entitled to have your attorney conduct himself or herself ethically
in accordance with the New York Rules of Professional Conduct.
10. 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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Statement of Client Responsibilities.