Beginning on February 15th, the Statement of Client’s Rights and Responsibilities has been updated.
The new rule requires that an attorney provide a prospective client with a statement of client’s rights and responsibilities at the initial conference and prior to the signing of a written retainer agreement, as well as clarifying the use of retainer funds, fees that a party is responsible for paying, and the responsibility of clients to be honest and engage in open communication. The new rule also permits attorneys to send written communication to a client if they disagree on how a client wishes to handle a case and permits an attorney to exercise a retaining lien to keep a client file as security in certain cases. In addition, the new rule requires additional disclosures in matrimonial and real estate cases. 22NYCRR1400.2.