New Hampshire Rules of Professional Conduct (NHBA)

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This is a limited special edition prepared as a public service for the New Hampshire Bar Association.

Rules of Professional Conduct Including:

•  Rules of Professional Conduct of the New Hampshire Supreme Court
•  Supreme Court Rule 37: Attorney Discipline System
•  Supreme Court Rule 37A: Rules and Procedures of Attorney Discipline System

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Table of Contents

NEW HAMPSHIRE RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT 
Statement of Purpose
Rule
1.0. Definitions
CLIENT-LAWYER RELATIONSHIP
1.1. Competence
1.2. Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer
1.3. Diligence
1.4. Client Communications
1.5. Fees
1.6. Confidentiality of Information
1.7. Conflicts of Interest
1.8. Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules
1.9. Duties to Former Clients
1.10. Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule
1.11. Special Conflicts of Interest For Former and Current Government Officers and Employees
1.11A. Conduct of Lawyer-Officials
1.12. Former Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator or Other Third-Party Neutral
1.12A. Part-Time Judge
1.13. Organization As Client
1.14. Client With Diminished Capacity
1.15. Safekeeping Property
1.16. Declining or Terminating Representation
1.17. Sale of Law Practice
1.18. Duties to Prospective Client
1.19. Disclosure of Information to the Client
COUNSELOR
2.1. Advisor
2.2. Intermediary. [Repealed.]
2.3. Evaluation for Use by Third Persons
2.4. Lawyer Serving as Third-Party Neutral
ADVOCATE
3.1. Meritorious Claims and Contentions
Rule
3.2. Expediting Litigation
3.3. Candor Toward the Tribunal
3.4. Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel
3.5. Impartiality and Decorum of the Tribunal
3.6. Trial Publicity
3.7. Lawyer as Witness
3.8. Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor
3.9. Advocate in Nonadjudicative Proceedings
TRANSACTIONS WITH PERSONS OTHER THAN CLIENTS
4.1. Truthfulness in Statements to Others
4.2. Communication With Person Represented By Counsel
4.3. Dealing With Unrepresented Person
4.4. Respect for Rights of Third Persons
4.5. Subpoenas
LAW FIRMS AND ASSOCIATIONS
5.1. Responsibilities of Partners, Managers, and Supervisory Lawyers
5.2. Responsibilities of a Subordinate Lawyer
5.3. Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants
5.4. Professional Independence of a Lawyer
5.5. Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law
5.6. Restrictions on Right to Practice
5.7. Responsibilities Regarding Law-Related Services
PUBLIC SERVICE
6.1. Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service
6.2. Accepting Appointments
6.3. Membership in Legal Services Organization
6.4. Law Reform Activities Affecting Client Interests
6.5. Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Services Programs
I. NFORMATION ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES
7.1. Communications Concerning a Lawyer's Services
7.2. Advertising
7.3. Direct Contact With Prospective Clients
7.4. Communications of Fields of Practice
Rule
7.5. Firm Names and Letterheads
MAINTAINING THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROFESSION
8.1. Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters
8.2. Judicial and Legal Officials
8.3. Reporting Professional Misconduct
8.4. Misconduct
8.5. Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law; Application of Rules to Nonlawyer Representatives
History
Editor’s note. Pursuant to Supreme Court Order dated June 6, 2008, eff. July 1, 2008, the New Hampshire Comment notes throughout the entire Rule set have been renamed as Ethics Committee Comment.