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attorney-client relationship

The best attorney-client relationships are based on trust and confidence. When you seek advice or representation from a lawyer, the lawyer is bound by strict standards of professional responsibility. For example, your lawyer must (1) act in your best interests; (2) keep your communications confidential; and (3) represent you competently, zealously, and within the bounds of the law and the rules of professional conduct. If your lawyer violates these rules, the lawyer may be disciplined by the state bar or face a legal malpractice lawsuit.

In Texas, the attorney-client relationship is governed by principles that mandate attorneys to maintain a high standard of professional responsibility. Firstly, an attorney must act in the client's best interests, prioritizing their needs and objectives within the legal framework. Secondly, confidentiality is paramount; attorneys are required to keep client communications private, as protected by the attorney-client privilege. Lastly, attorneys must provide competent and zealous representation within the bounds of the law and adhere to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. Failure to comply with these standards can result in disciplinary action by the State Bar of Texas, including sanctions, suspension, or disbarment. Additionally, attorneys may face legal malpractice lawsuits if their conduct falls below the profession's required standard of care, causing harm to their clients.

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