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Scope, Objectives, and Means of Representation

Scope, Objectives, and Means of Representation

Dig deeper into the functions of the lawyer-client relationship, the setting of goals and objectives, and the selection of means to accomplish those goals.


Once the attorney-client relationship is formed, how does it function? Who determines the goals of the representation and how to achieve those goals? This clip will answer those questions by reviewing Model Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2 and 1.4. Specifically, we will look at who sets the traditional scope of a lawyer-client relationship and how it may be limited; how to determine the means of reaching the client’s goals; and what to do when the lawyer and client disagree about how to...