The Advisory: Volume 9, Issue 3, December 2011

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Client Identification and Verification Rules Minimize Risk

Client identificat ion and verification rules are based on a model rule which was developed as part of a national initiative to fight fraud and money laundering.

Identification requirements apply whenever a lawyer is retained to provide legal services of any nature to a client. The lawyer must obtain basic identification information about individual or organizational clients in every retainer.

In the verification process, information gathering goes beyond obtaining basic identification, and requires that the lawyer make reasonable efforts to obtain and retain copies of information which may be used to confirm that the client is who or what they say they are.

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