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West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct

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West Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct

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APPROVAL OF AMENDED RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT By order of September 29, 2014, the Court approved comprehensive amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct. The amendments are effective January 1, 2015

  1. Terminology

Client-Lawyer Relationship
  1. Competence
  2. Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer
  3. Diligence
  4. Communication
  5. Fees
  6. Confidentiality of Information
  7. Conflict of Interest: Current Clients
  8. Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules
  9. Duties to Former Clients
  10. Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule
  11. Special Conflicts of Interest for Former and Current Government Officers and Employees
  12. Former Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator, or Other Third-Party Neutral
  13. Organization as Client
  14. Client with Diminished Capacity
  15. Safekeeping Property
  16. Declining or Terminating Representation
  17. Sale of Law Practice
  18. Duties to Prospective Client

  1. Advisor
  2. Intermediary (Deleted)
  3. Evaluation for Use by Third Persons
  4. Lawyer Serving as Third-Party Neutral

  1. Meritorious Claims and Contentions
  2. Expediting Litigation
  3. Candor Toward the Tribunal
  4. Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel
  5. Impartiality and Decorum in the Tribunal
  6. Trial Publicity
  7. Lawyers as Witness
  8. Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor
  9. Advocate in Nonadjudicative Proceedings

Transactions with Persons other than Clients
  1. Truthfulness in Statements to Others
  2. Communication with Persons represented by Counsel
  3. Dealing With Unrepresented Person
  4. Respect for Rights of Third Persons

Law Firms and Associations
  1. Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, and Supervisory Lawyers
  2. Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer
  3. Responsibilities regarding Nonlawyer Assistance
  4. Professional Independence of a Lawyer
  5. Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law
  6. Restrictions on Right to Practice
  7. Responsibilities Regarding Law-Related Services
  8. Limited Liability Legal Practice

Public Service
  1. Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service
  2. Accepting Appointments
  3. Membership in Legal Services Organization
  4. Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests
  5. Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Services Programs

Information About Legal Services
  1. Communications Concerning a Lawyer's Services
  2. Advertising
  3. Solicitation of Clients
  4. Communication of Fields of Practice and Specialization
  5. Firm Names and Letterheads

Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession
  1. Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters
  2. Judicial and Legal Officials
  3. Reporting Professional Misconduct
  4. Misconduct
  5. Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law