Competence: Why You Were Hired in the First Place
Practical Litigator, Vol. 16, No. 5, 2008
6 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2008 Last revised: 11 May 2012
Date Written: September 5
Lawyers are under greater scrutiny than ever. Be sure to follow the rules, and run a risk-conscious practice.
Fiduciary obligations of competence and communication require lawyers to provide information and provide reasonable competence and diligence. Lawyers don't have to be perfect, but they must know relevant law and facts, possess the requisite skill to use this information and take time to prepare diligently for the matter.
Keywords: Reasonable Care, Scope of Representation, Obedience, Diligence, Common Knowledge, Obvious Errors, Communication, Disclosing Errors
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