CLIENT BILL OF RIGHTS
(Pursuant to New York Rules of the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court)
-You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other
lawyers and personnel in your lawyer’s office.
– You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your legal matter competently and diligently, in
accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is
being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court
approval may be required in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value
of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge).
– You are entitled to your lawyer’s independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty
uncompromised by conflicts of interest.
– You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee
will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You are entitled to request and receive a
written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any fee
arrangement that you find unsatisfactory.
– You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your
telephone calls returned promptly.
– You are entitled to be kept informed as to the status of your matter and to request and receive copies of
papers. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the
development of your matter.
– You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney, including whether or not to
settle your matter (court approval of a settlement is required in some matters).
– You have the right to privacy in your dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and confidences
preserved to the extent permitted by law.
– You are entitled to have your attorney conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the Code of
– You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
age, national origin or disability.