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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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New Hampshire Rules of Professional Conduct


ABA Comments

New Hampshire Comment - Rule 1.3

[1] This section displaces former DR 6-101(A)(3) which dealt with the concept of “neglect”. The concept expressed here is that client expectations (other than competence) are frustrated by the lawyer’s failure to perform in the manner and within the time the client has come to expect. Expectations are derived from the expressed agreement between the client and the lawyer and from the preconceptions of the client. Additionally, circumstances explained or revealed by the lawyer affect client expectations. Performance by the lawyer should meet client expectations which are reasonable. The lawyer can control the expectations by bargaining and by educating the client. (See Rule 1.4 on Client Communications.) However, the lawyer must protect the interests of the client by adjusting performance to account for changes in circumstances not contemplated when the agreement with the client was consummated.