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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 ensure the client's interests are protected. Attorneys are required to act in the best interests of their clients, maintain confidentiality of communications, and provide competent, zealous representation within the legal and ethical boundaries set by the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. If an attorney fails to adhere to these standards, they may face disciplinary action by the State Bar of Texas, which could include sanctions, suspension, or disbarment. Additionally, clients may pursue a legal malpractice lawsuit if they suffer harm as a result of their attorney's negligence or misconduct. These measures are in place to maintain the integrity of the legal profession and to uphold the trust clients place in their attorneys.

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