An Attorney’s Duty to Effectively Communicate With Clients Under the ADA

Posted on: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

A client with hearing loss contacts your office wanting to draft an estate plan.  She relies on American Sign Language (ASL) for most of her communication.  You freeze, what do you need to have to do?  The answer is simple:  you need to provide her with the aids or services that are required for you and her to have a normal attorney-client relationship.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), that will likely include a qualified ASL interpreter at your expense.

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