The Statement of Client’s Rights and Responsibilities has been updated

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.

2019-02-22T22:40:24+00:00February 22nd, 2019|