Statement of Client’s Responsibilities
(Informational Statement Adopted by the
New York State Bar Association)
1. The client is expected to treat the lawyer and the lawyer’s staff
with courtesy and consideration.
2. The client’s relationship with the lawyer should be one of complete
candor and the client should apprise the lawyer of all facts or circumstances
of the matter being handled by the lawyer even if the client believes
that those facts may be detrimental to the client’s cause or unflattering
to the client.
3. The client must honor the fee arrangement as agreed to with the lawyer
to the extent required by law.
4. All bills tendered to the client for services rendered pursuant to the
agreed upon arrangement regarding fees and expenses should be paid when due.
5. A client who discharges the attorney and terminates the attorney-client
relationship must nevertheless honor financial commitments under the agreed
to arrangement regarding fees and expenses to the extent required by law.
6. Although the client should expect that his or her letters, telephone
calls, emails, faxes, and other communications to the lawyer will be answered
within a reasonable time, the client should recognize that the lawyer
has other clients who may be equally deserving of the lawyer’s time
7. The client should maintain contact with the lawyer, promptly notify
the lawyer of any change in telephone number, address, email, or other
electronic contact information, and respond promptly to a request by the
lawyer for information and cooperation.
8. The client must realize that the lawyer is required to respect only
legitimate objectives of the client and that the lawyer will not advocate
or propose positions that are unprofessional or contrary to law or the
New York Rules of Professional Conduct.
9. The lawyer may decline to accept a matter if the lawyer has previous
personal or professional commitments that will prohibit the lawyer from
devoting adequate time to representing the client competently and diligently.
10. A lawyer is under no obligation to accept a client if the lawyer determines
that the cause of the client is without merit, a conflict of interest
would exist or a suitable working relationship with the client is not likely.