Lawyers are responsible for carrying out their duties to the client and defending their rights under the law, and ensuring that justice is carried out by prosecuting those who violate the law. But what are the duties of a lawyer? Here we’ll take a look at these duties and responsibilities to give you an overview of what your lawyer does. After this, you’ll be able to see whether or not your current lawyer meets these standards or if you need to make some changes in order to get the most out of your legal representation.
A lawyer must be available during normal business hours
What hours these are will vary according to your particular office. A corporate attorney may work regular business hours like 9-5, with weekends off, while an attorney at a smaller firm may be required to work later into the evening or on weekends as needed. An in-house counsel at a larger company may start working earlier in order to get ahead on his or her day’s workload.
A lawyer must respond to clients in a timely manner
It is important for a lawyer to respond to clients in a timely manner. This means that as soon as you send your email or make your phone call, you should receive an answer.
Lawyers are busy people and it can take some time for them to get back to you, but if you don’t receive any answer at all within 48 hours, it would be worth following up with another email. It could be that there is some kind of misunderstanding, so it might be worth speaking directly with your lawyer.
A lawyer must make sure all communications are clear
An important part of any lawyer’s duties is making sure all communications, whether in written or verbal form, are as clear as possible.
For example, if a client asks what hours his attorney will be available to meet with him, it is important for that client to know exactly when his lawyer will be available; otherwise, he might visit at an inconvenient time. Lawyers can help make sure these types of situations do not happen by clearly communicating their availability and boundaries.
A lawyer must have professional courtesies and never harass clients
Like any other business, lawyers must have professional courtesies. The law also prohibits lawyers from harassing their clients. Disruptive behavior in court is unacceptable, as are threats or insults to opposing counsel. Courtroom decorum applies to everyone involved in courtroom proceedings, including lawyers representing their clients.
A lawyer should try to resolve conflicts without going to court
When you are thinking about hiring a lawyer, know that not all lawyers are alike. In fact, there are many different kinds of law, including criminal law, corporate law, business law, environmental law, trusts and estates law, etc.
A lawyer must obtain their client’s consent before divulging any information
A lawyer is ethically bound to keep his client’s confidence. This is one of three basic principles that underpin a lawyer’s ethics, according to the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII). If your lawyer is communicating information about you to someone else, he must be sure you consent before doing so. Furthermore, in some cases when lawyers may be required by law to reveal information about their clients.