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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


The Illinois Paralegal Association (IPA) gratefully acknowledges the Illinois Supreme Court for defining and codifying ethical standards for the practice of law for Illinois attorneys. IPA acknowledges the leadership of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission for lending expertise in the area of ethical responsibility and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the National Association of Legal Assistants for establishing ethical cannons applicable to paralegals. It was the ethical guidelines of these entities that facilitated the composition of the Illinois Code of Paralegal Ethics.

Copyright 1996. Illinois Paralegal Association. All rights reserved. No part of this Code may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the prior written permission of the Illinois Paralegal Association.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preamble


Rule One
SCOPE OF PROFESSIONAL DUTIES
Rule Two
COMPETENCE
Rule Three
DILIGENCE
Rule Four
DISCLOSURE OF STATUS
Rule Five
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST (Duty of Loyalty)
Rule Six
CONFIDENTIALITY
Rule Seven
COMMUNICATIONS WITH NON-CLIENTS
Rule Eight
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY
Rule Nine
SAFEKEEPING PROPERTY
Rule Ten
BILLING AND FEES
Rule Eleven
ADVERTISING AND SOLICITATION
Rule Twelve
ORGANIZATION AS CLIENT