How the Lawyer-Client Relationship Works
Updated: Mar 20
The lawyer-client relationship is an important one and is one of the most important aspects of a lawyer’s job. As a client, it can be difficult to understand the nuances of how this relationship works, but it is important to understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities that each party has in order to ensure successful representation. The lawyer-client relationship starts with a client retaining a lawyer for legal advice, guidance, and representation. As soon as the lawyer is retained, the lawyer is responsible for handling the client’s legal affairs in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This includes providing advice on legal matters and representing the client in court or other legal proceedings as detailed and agreed to in the engagement contract. The lawyer must maintain the confidentiality of the client’s information and must act in the client’s best interests while providing legal advice. The lawyer will also work to achieve the client’s desired outcome if legally possible. The lawyer must also keep the client informed of developments throughout the legal process and will be willing to answer any questions that the client may have. In return, the client is expected to provide the lawyer with accurate and complete information about the issue that is being handled. The client should also pay the legal fees for the representation that is being provided just like any professional relationship would expect. The client must also understand that the lawyer is bound by certain ethical rules of professional conduct, which dictate how the lawyer must act in certain situations. This is important to remember because these ethical obligations are sometimes the reason a lawyer cannot act in a way a client feels they should. The lawyer-client relationship is an important one and if it is handled responsibly by both parties, it can be beneficial to both the lawyer and the client. By understanding the roles and responsibilities of each party in the relationship, the lawyer-client relationship can be successful.