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Q: Nevada: Must an attorney notify his client in writing if material issue arises that would significantly affect his case

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Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Licensed in Nevada

A: Picking up the phone and calling the client is a perfectly acceptable way of communicating information to the client. Reasons for written communications include: 1) The lawyer wants to create a record to protect himself or herself in case the client denies the oral communication, 2) The lawyer doesn't think the client readily understands things and wants to give the client something in writing the client can review at leisure, 3) The lawyer feels busy and thinks a written communication is faster, or 4) Any other reason.

Many complaints about lawyers involve the lawyer not be available to talk in person or by phone. So, there are advantages to both phone calls and written communications. As far as I know, there is no legal requirement to notify the client in writing if material issues arise which would significantly affect the case.

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