What are the duties of a lawyer?
Briefly, an attorney's duties include the following:
- Study the appropriate law and provide expert legal advice.
- Make certain the client receives the benefit of all their
rights under the law.
- Not do anything which might jeopardize their client's
- Conduct the client's case so that it will be decided on the
- Render the highest fidelity toward the rights of the
- Protect the client's confidentiality.
- Conduct the case in an orderly and expeditious manner.
- Obey the law and adhere to professional ethics.
- Your lawyer must represent you ethically, zealously and within
the bounds of the law.
- Your lawyer must competently analyze legal issues and exercise
knowledge of the law applicable to your case.
- He or she must communicate with you in a timely and effective
- Your lawyer attorney owes you, as the client, a duty of
loyalty. Your lawyer can't simultaneously represent you and another
client with legal interests that conflict with yours. An example of
an obvious conflict would be representation of both the landlord
and the tenant in an eviction action.
- For so long as he or she continues to represent you, your
lawyer is required to follow your directions in handling your case
unless those directions are illegal.
- Your lawyer must keep your personal property separate from his
or her own property, and must keep your money in an escrow account.
Any time you demand it, your lawyer must return your money or
- Except in rare circumstances, your lawyer is required to keep
client confidences confidential.
- Depending on the jurisdiction, lawyers may be prohibited from
having personal relationships with their clients.
- Unless he or she first obtains your informed written consent,
your lawyer is prohibited from taking on representation that is
adverse to your interests.