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Clients' Bill of Rights and Other Disclosures


Clients' Bill of Rights

A client is entitled to the following rights, codified by the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court of the State of New York as the Statement of Client's Rights, also known as the Clients' Bill of Rights:

1. You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other lawyers and personnel in your lawyer's office.

2. You are entitled to an attorney capable of handling your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to withdraw from the attorney-client relationship at any time (court approval may be required in some matters and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge).

3. You are entitled to your lawyer's independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.

4. You are entitled to be charged a reasonable fee and to have your lawyer explain at the outset how the fee will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any fee arrangement that you find unsatisfactory. In the event of a fee dispute, you may have the right to seek arbitration; your attorney will provide you with the necessary information regarding arbitration in the event of a fee dispute, or upon your request.

5. You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed in a prompt manner and to have your telephone calls returned promptly.

6. You are entitled to be kept informed as to the status of your matter and to request and receive copies of papers. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter.

7. You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney, including whether or not to settle your matter (court approval of a settlement is required in some matters).

8. You have the right to privacy in your dealings with your lawyer and to have your secrets and confidences preserved to the extent permitted by law.

9. You are entitled to have your attorney conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.

10. You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.

Statement of Client’s Responsibilities

Reciprocal trust, courtesy and respect are the hallmarks of the attorney-client relationship. Within that relationship, the client looks to the attorney for expertise, education, sound judgment, protection, advocacy and representation. These expectations can be achieved only if the client fulfills the following responsibilities:

1. The client is expected to treat the lawyer and the lawyer's staff with courtesy and consideration.

2. The client's relationship with the lawyer must be one of complete candor and the lawyer must be apprised of all facts or circumstances of the matter being handled by the lawyer even if the client believes that those facts may be detrimental to the client's cause or unflattering to the client.

3. The client must honor the fee arrangement as agreed to with the lawyer, in accordance with law.

4. All bills for services rendered which are tendered to the client pursuant to the agreed upon fee arrangement should be paid promptly.

5. The client may withdraw from the attorney-client relationship, subject to financial commitments under the agreed-to fee arrangement, and, in certain circumstances, subject to court approval.

6. Although the client should expect that his or her correspondence, telephone calls and other communications will be answered within a reasonable time frame, the client should recognize that the lawyer has other clients equally demanding of the lawyer's time and attention.

7. The client should maintain contact with the lawyer, promptly notify the lawyer of any change in telephone number or address and respond promptly to a request by the lawyer for information and cooperation.

8. The client must realize that the lawyer need respect only legitimate objectives of the client and that the lawyer will not advocate or propose positions which are unprofessional or contrary to law or the Rules of Professional Conduct.

9. The lawyer may be unable to accept a case if the lawyer has previous professional commitments which will result in inadequate time being available for the proper representation of a new client.

10. A lawyer is under no obligation to accept a client if the lawyer determines that the cause of the client is without merit, a conflict of interest would exist, or that a suitable working relationship with the client is not likely.

Harwood Reiff LLC's Privacy Policy

Lawyers are required by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (the "Act") to inform their clients of their policies regarding privacy of client information. The laws governing lawyers, including New York State's Rules of Professional Conduct, require lawyers to take additional steps to safeguard their clients' information. At Harwood Reiff LLC, we take your privacy very seriously, and the purpose of this notice is to explain our Privacy Policy with respect to personal information we obtain as well as how we keep that information secure.

Non-Public Personal Information We Collect

We collect non-public personal information about you that is provided to us by you, or obtained by us with your authorization or consent.


We do not disclose any non-public personal information about current or former clients obtained in the course of representation of those clients, except as expressly or impliedly authorized by those clients to enable us to effectuate the purpose of our representation, or as required or permitted by law or applicable provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct or other ethics rules that may govern our conduct as lawyers.

Confidentiality and Security

We retain records relating to professional services that we render. We are required to maintain these records under the Rules of Professional Conduct and other laws for certain periods of time, but we are not obligated to preserve all documents forever. In order to guard your non-public personal information, we maintain numerous procedures that comply or exceed our professional standards and that ensure your information is amply safeguarded.

Harwood Reiff LLC

Located at:
370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 505
New York, New York 10017

Phone: (212) 661-0750

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