Why South Carolina Attorneys – I DO DECLARE!

I came across this Declaration of Commitment to Clients while searching for something else this morning. While I’d seen it before and even have a pretty copy of it in my files, it wasn’t and isn’t often that I pull it out to remind myself of my duties. Oh sure, I have every intention of doing so, but you’ve heard about good intentions paving the way to . . . At any rate, I thoughtfully reviewed each commitment. From the number of complaints/information that come into the SC Bar about attorneys not calling or keeping their clients up-to-date, you’d think that attorneys really aren’t serving our clients. But I do realize that for every complaint that comes in, there are 4 or 5 attorneys doing exactly what they’ve committed to do. They keep in regular contact with their clients. They preserve client confidences. In a nutshell, they honor their commitment.

My Declaration of Commitment to Clients
My Declaration of Commitment to Clients
 
So, why the column? Well, it’s the line where atorneys are committed “to make our legal system MORE ACCESSIBLE and RESPONSIVE” to our clients. It’s right there in Black-n-White (and yellow).
Are we doing that? The answer is yes, we are. At least some of us. Within the South Carolina Access to Justice community, there are initiatives regarding court forms -adding them to the website for more accessibility to judges, attorneys and the public as well as make sure that they are written in PLAIN ENGLISH. Initial work is on putting together a Divorce Packet – based on one year separation, no children, no property. The packet will contain not only the forms, but instructions for completing the forms as well. And, more forms and instructional packets are to follow.

You may wonder who has been involved in this process. ATTORNEYS. That’s right, attorneys. Court Administration attorneys. Supreme Court attorneys. Legal Services attorneys. South Carolina Bar attorneys. South Carolina Family Court Judges – all of whom are attorneys.

Congratulations South Carolina! Your attorneys are working to make the law and its many processes easier to follow and understand.
-RFW
 
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