SB 0994 Creates Legal Consumer's Bill of Rights
LR Number:4026L.01I Fiscal Note:4026-01
Committee:Pensions and General Laws
Last Action:02/27/02 - Hearing Conducted S Pensions & General Laws Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2002
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SB 994 - This act creates the "Legal Consumer's Bill of Rights Act."

Each written contract or agreement between a lawyer and client shall append a copy of the legal consumer's bill of rights.

The bill of rights includes provisions for disclosure of certain information by the lawyer to the client about the legal options available to the client; the costs associated with the lawyer's representation; and certain standards of representation required for a lawyer.

The bill of rights shall also inform the client of the right to an accessible legal system; the right to file a complaint against the lawyer with a disciplinary board and the right to be left free from unsolicited contact from attorneys for thirty days after an event resulting in personal injury or death.

Within 30 days after a case is finally completed, the lawyer is required to provide certain information about the lawyer's actual services to the client.