New Illinois Rules on Limited Scope Representation. Patricia A. Wrona CARPLS LEGAL AID 12/12/13. The history of limiting the scope of legal representation in Illinois. FORMER Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 1.2(c) (pre-2010) provided that:
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Patricia A. Wrona
CARPLS LEGAL AID
Rule 4.2 comments amended to note limited scope representation:
(2) “…This rule also applies to communications with any person who is represented by counsel including counsel in a limited scope representation pursuant to Rule 1.2(c), concerning the matter to which the communication relates.”
(8a) “…when a person is being represented on a limited basis under Rule 1.2(c), a lawyer is only deemed to know that the person is represented by another lawyer, and the subject of that representation, upon receipt of (i) a proper Notice of Limited Scope Appearance under Supreme Court Rule 13(c)(6), or (ii) with respect to a matter not involving court proceedings, written notice advising that the client is being represented by specified counsel with respect to an identified subject matter and time frame. A lawyer is permitted to communicate with a person represented under Rule 1.2(c) outside the subject matter or time frame of the limited scope representation.”
(3) “A lawyer may provide professional advice and instruction to nonlawyers whose employment requires knowledge of the law; for example, claims adjusters, employees of financial or commercial institutions, social workers, accountants and persons employed in government agencies. Lawyers also may assist independent nonlawyers, such as paraprofessionals, who are authorized by the law of a jurisdiction to provide particular law-related services. In addition, a lawyer may counsel nonlawyers who wish to proceed pro se. See Supreme Court Rule 137(e) (lawyer may help draft a pleading, motion or other paper filed by a pro se party). See also Supreme Court Rule 13(c)(6) (lawyer may make a limited scope appearance in a civil proceeding on behalf of a pro se party).
The motion to dismiss is denied, and the attorney and client are both present in court that day, and the attorney automatically withdraws under the Rules.
Two months later, the client calls the attorney, who now has a default judgment in the amount of $12,000 plus costs against her, saying “you never told me I needed to file a pro se appearance and file an answer to the complaint.”
What were the attorney’s obligations, if any, on advising the client about these other aspects of the case?