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LegalSpeak: ABA Model Rule 1.4 Communication

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  • (a) A lawyer shall:

    • (1) promptly inform the client of any decision or circumstance with respect to which the client’s informed consent … is required by these Rules;

    • (2) reasonably consult with the client about the means by which the client’s objectives are to be accomplished;

    • (3) keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter;

    • (4) promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and

    • (5) consult with the client about any relevant limitation on the lawyer’s conduct when the lawyer knows that the client expects assistance not permitted by the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law.

  • (b) A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.

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