7.3 Client Identification versus Client Verification
The Client Identification Rules and the Client Verification Rules apply at different points in a retainer.
Whenever you are retained to provide professional/legal services of any nature to a client, you must comply with the Client Identification Rules of the Law Society of Alberta. See Rule 118.2(1).
These Rules - described in this Module - require you to obtain basic identification information about individuals or organizations.
You have to identify your client in every new retainer.
You do not have to verify your client in all retainers. Verification requirements only arise when you receive, pay or transfer funds on behalf of a client, or give instructions for such activities on behalf of a client. There are certain exceptions to these requirements that will be covered in this Module.
The information you must gather goes beyond obtaining basic identification. You must 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.