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Hiring a Lawyer

This guide provides information on where to find a lawyer, how to effectively work with your lawyer, and how to resolve attorney-client disputes.

How do I effectively work with my lawyer?

A good attorney-client relationship is a two-way street. Ideally, both parties work together to achieve the best possible outcome. It's important that you and your attorney understand each others' expectations, ask questions, and address any doubts. This can help prevent disappointment and misunderstandings. 

If you don't cooperate with your lawyer, they may decide to withdraw from the case. This can happen if you fail to respond to their requests or don't pay your bills.

Are conversations with my lawyer confidential?

Attorney-client privilege protects communication between an attorney and their client. It allows you to share sensitive information with your attorney without fears about privacy. These conversations generally cannot be disclosed to a third party without your consent.

Attorney confidentiality does not protect all conversations. For example, if you admit that you're planning to commit a crime, conceal evidence, or lie in court, the lawyer may have to disclose this information.

Do lawyers have a code of ethics?

Attorneys in Texas must follow a code of ethics known as the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. It sets the standard for attorneys to provide competent representation to their clients. Attorneys who fail to adhere to the rules might face disciplinary action by the State Bar of Texas.

Can a lawyer quit my case?

A lawyer may have to withdraw from a case for a number of reasons, including: 

  • conflict of interest;
  • potential ethics violation;
  • disability or illness;
  • lack of cooperation from the client.

The judge will allow an attorney to withdraw if they have a good reason. This rule is in Rule 10 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. If a lawyer quits, they must notify you and provide any important documents and information.