Second, in conjunction with our affiliated law firm, many on our team are lawyers. Unlike many professionals in the financial industry, we begin our analysis with a fundamental understanding and belief that we have a fiduciary duty to our clients which is required by law and every court in this country. We embrace this same legal fiduciary duty when working for our finance clients. Our legal fiduciary duty starts with but goes beyond acting in the best interest of our clients at all times. It is sometimes described as “the four c’s” which are as follows:
- Conflict avoidance: As lawyers, we must avoid situations that create a conflict of interest with our clients.
- Competence: We must approach our work with all the thoroughness and preparation necessary to protect our clients’ interest.
- Communication: We must provide our clients with enough information so that they can make informed decisions, which requires regular, informative communication.
- Confidentiality: Clients trust us with confidential information and we have a duty to not disclose that information to anyone.