ABA Model Rule 1.4

An Update on the Extent of Client Access to Lawyer’s File

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A great article that provides an update on a lawyer’s ethical obligations when a client asks for his or her file relating to the lawyer’s representation of the client appears in a recent issue of the CBA Journal. Link.  Entitled “Extent of Client Access to Lawyer’s File,” the article was written by Novack and Macey attorney Shelby L. Drury.  We thought it might be of interest.

The article discusses the American Bar Association’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility’s Formal Opinion 471 issued on July 1, 2015 “in which it concluded that the ‘end product’ approach is consistent with the ethical requirements of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  The pertinent Illinois and ABA ethics rules are the same (Illinois and ABA Rules of Professional Conduct 1.4(a), 1.15(d), 1.16(d)).  The ABA Opinion cited the ISBA Opinion, among other authorities.”

(This is for informational purposes and is not legal advice.)