Restatement

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RST (3d) of the Law Governing Lawyers

§ 20 A Lawyer's Duty to Inform and Consult with a Client

(1) A lawyer must keep a client reasonably informed about the matter and must consult with a client to a reasonable extent concerning decisions to be made by the lawyer under §§ 21-23.
(2) A lawyer must promptly comply with a client's reasonable requests for information.
(3) A lawyer must notify a client of decisions to be made by the client under §§ 21-23 and must explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.

§ 21 Allocating the Authority to Decide Between a Client and a Lawyer

As between client and lawyer:
(1) A client and lawyer may agree which
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(2) Subject to Subsection (5), a lawyer may not represent a client or, where representation has commenced, must withdraw from the representation of a client if:
(a) the representation will result in the lawyer's violating rules of professional conduct or other law;
(b) the lawyer's physical or mental condition materially impairs the lawyer's ability to represent the client; or
(c) the client discharges the lawyer.
(3) Subject to Subsections (4) and (5), a lawyer may withdraw from representing a client if:
(a) withdrawal can be accomplished without material adverse effect on the interests of the client;
(b) the lawyer reasonably believes withdrawal is required in circumstances stated in Subsection (2);
(c) the client gives informed consent;
(d) the client persists in a course of action involving the lawyer's services that the lawyer reasonably believes is criminal, fraudulent, or in breach of the client's fiduciary duty;
(e) the lawyer reasonably believes the client has used or threatens to use the lawyer's services to perpetrate a crime or fraud;
(f) the client insists on taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant or imprudent;
(g) the client fails to fulfill a substantial financial or other obligation to the lawyer regarding the lawyer's services and the lawyer has given the client reasonable warning that the lawyer will

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