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Rule 1.3 Diligence


Adopted, Effective Jan. 1, 2008

Rule 1.3. Diligence

A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.


The former New Hampshire Rule 1.3 contained additional language further defining promptness and diligence.  Those additional factors, while not exhaustive, continue to be instructive with respect to the compliance with this rule.   Those factors include carrying out representation in the manner and within the time parameters established by the agreement between the client and the lawyer; however the lawyer may not rely upon the terms of an agreement to excuse performance which is not prompt and diligent in light of changes in circumstances, known to the lawyer, which require adjustments to the agreed upon schedule of performance.  Additionally, in all other matters of representation, it is to be carried out with avoidable harm neither to the client's interest nor to the lawyer-client relationship.


Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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