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Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers §16. A Lawyer's Duties to a Client –In General

To the extent consistent with the lawyer’s other legal duties and subject to the other provisions of this Restatement, a lawyer must, in matters within the scope of the representation:

  1. proceed in a manner reasonably calculated to advance a client’s lawful objectives, as defined by the client after consultation;

  2. act with reasonable competence and diligence;

  3. comply with obligations concerning the client’s confidences and property, avoid impermissible conflicts interest, deal honestly with the client, and not employ advantages arising from the client-lawyer relationship in a manner adverse to the client; and

  4. fulfill valid contractual obligation to the client.

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