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Legal Ethics



Explore the general obligation of lawyers to communicate with clients, including keeping the client apprised of the progress, explaining the case, and the situations where a lawyer may be permitted to withhold information from the client.


Different clients can have vastly different expectations for how their lawyer should communicate with them. A general counsel of a large corporation might expect his regular outside counsel to handle projects with little to no oversight; but a person seeking a divorce might want daily updates and contact from their lawyer. The Model Rules recognize these differing expectations in Rule 1.4, which we’ll discuss in this clip. Rule 1.4 provides a general framework for a lawyer’s obligations for...