December 01, 2017 Feature

Internalizing a Fiduciary Mindset to Put the Client First

By Neil Hamilton

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Every client needs to trust that his or her lawyer is dedicated to care for the client with all of the lawyer’s ability. Deep care for the client is the principal foundation for client trust in the individual lawyer and the profession itself.1 This is essentially a fiduciary disposition or fiduciary mindset, using “fiduciary” in the general meaning of founded on trustworthiness.2 Each law student and new lawyer must learn to internalize a responsibility to put both the client’s and the legal system’s interests before the lawyer’s self-interest.3

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