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Hiring an Attorney

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

Attorney-Client Relationship

Jump to a topic: Working With Your Attorney | Attorney Confidentiality | Attorney Ethics | Attorney Withdrawal

Working With Your Attorney

How do I effectively work with my attorney?

A good attorney-client relationship is a two-way street. Both parties need to work together to achieve the best possible outcome in the legal matter. Make sure both you and your attorney have a clear understanding of what is expected, and don't hesitate to ask questions if you need clarification or have doubts. 

If you fail to cooperate with your attorney, the attorney may decide to withdraw from the case. This can happen when the client refuses to cooperate or pay their bills. 

Attorney Confidentiality

Are all conversations with my attorney confidential?

Attorney-client privilege is a legal principle that protects the confidentiality of communications between a client and their attorney. It allows clients to share sensitive information in confidence, knowing that these communications generally cannot be disclosed to others without the client's consent.

However, attorney-client privilege has some limitations. It doesn't protect some conversations like if you're planning to commit a crime or if you voluntarily share the information with a third party.

Attorney Ethics

Do attorneys have to follow a code of ethics?

Attorneys in Texas are subject to a code of ethics known as the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. It establishes the standards for attorneys to follow with the goal of providing competent representation to their clients. Attorneys who fail to adhere to the rules might face disciplinary action by the State Bar of Texas.

Attorney Withdrawal

Can an attorney quit my case without my consent?

An attorney may sometimes have to or choose to withdraw from a case. The judge may allow it if the attorney has a good reason for withdrawal, according to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 10. If this happens, the attorney will have to notify you and provide you with any important documents and information. An attorney may withdraw for a number of reasons, including:

  • Conflict of interest;
  • Potential ethics violations;
  • An illness or a disability; or
  • Lack of cooperation by the client.

The articles below discuss mandatory and voluntary withdrawals in more detail: