Declaration of Client Rights
- You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your attorney.
- You have a right to privacy in your communications with your attorney and to have your confidential information preserved by your attorney to the extent required by law.
- You are entitled to have your attorney handle your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to discharge your attorney and terminate the attorney-client relationship at any time.[i]
- You are entitled to your attorney’s independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty.
- You are entitled to be charged reasonable fees and expenses and to have your attorney explain before or within a reasonable time after commencement of the representation how the fees and expenses will be computed along with 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 agreement for fees and expenses that you find unsatisfactory.
- You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a reasonably prompt manner and to receive a reasonably quick reply to your letters, calls, and emails.
- You are entitled to be kept reasonably informed as to the status of your matter and are entitled to have your attorney promptly comply with your reasonable requests for information, including your requests for copies of papers relevant to the matter. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter and make informed decisions regarding the representation.
- You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney. In particular, the decision of whether to settle your matter is entirely yours.[ii]
- You are entitled to have your attorney conduct herself ethically in accordance with the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.
- You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.
[i] Please note that 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.
[ii] Court approval of a settlement is required in some matters.