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End-of-life notice: American Legal Ethics Library

As of March 1, 2013, the Legal Information Institute is no longer maintaining the information in the American Legal Ethics Library. It is no longer possible for us to maintain it at a level of completeness and accuracy given its staffing needs. It is very possible that we will revive it at a future time. At this point, it is in need of a complete technological renovation and reworking of the "correspondent firm" model which successfully sustained it for many years.

Many people have contributed time and effort to the project over the years, and we would like to thank them. In particular, Roger Cramton and Peter Martin not only conceived ALEL but gave much of their own labor to it. We are also grateful to Brad Wendel for his editorial contributions, to Brian Toohey and all at Jones Day for their efforts, and to all of our correspondents and contributors. Thank you.

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Some portions of the collection may already be severely out of date, so please be cautious in your use of this material.


Maryland Legal Ethics

1.4   Rule 1.4 Communication

1.4:100   Comparative Analysis of Maryland Rule

Primary Maryland References: MD Rule 1.4
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.4, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary:

1.4:101      Model Rule Comparison

Maryland Rule 1.4 and the comment to it are substantively identical to MR 1.4 and its comment.

1.4:102      Model Code Comparison

Maryland Rule 1.4 has no direct counterpart in the Disciplinary Rules of the Model Code, but in substance it is related to various sections of the Model Code.

DR 6-101(A)(3) provides that a lawyer shall not "neglect a legal matter entrusted to him." DR 9-102(B)(1) provides that a lawyer "shall promptly notify a client of the receipt of his funds, securities, or other properties." EC 7-8 states that "a lawyer should exert his best efforts to ensure the decisions of his client are made only after the client has been informed of relevant considerations." EC 9-2 states that "a lawyer should fully and promptly inform his client of material developments in the matters being handled for the client."

1.4:200   Duty to Communicate with Client

Primary Maryland References: MD Rule 1.4(a)
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.4(a), Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 31.501, ALI-LGL 31, Wolfram 4.5, 4.6

This section has not yet been completed.

1.4:300   Duty to Consult with Client

Primary Maryland References: MD Rule 1.4(b)
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.4(b), Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 31.501, ALI-LGL 31, Wolfram 4.5

This section has not yet been completed.

1.4:400   Duty to Inform the Client of Settlement Offers

Primary Maryland References: MD Rule 1.4
Background References: ABA Model Rule 1.4, Other Jurisdictions
Commentary: ABA/BNA 31.501, ALI-LGL 31, Wolfram 4.5

This section has not yet been completed.

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