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Understanding attorney-client privilege

Working with a lawyer on a legal matter can be a daunting process, particularly due to the amount of personal  information you may be required to share with your attorney.

It is easy to understand why you may be hesitant to disclose certain information to a person with whom you do not have an established relationship.

However, in order for your attorney to provide you with the best possible representation, they need to know all the details related to your case.

Attorney-client privilege allows you the comfort in knowing that you can share information with an attorney related to your case without the fear of it being disclosed to the public.

For example, the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct state that your attorney is only allowed to reveal information related to your representation if you give your consent, or such consent is implied in your orders to carry out your representation. 

At Bashian P.C., maintaining client confidences are of the utmost importance, and our clients may rest assured that any information subject to the attorney-client privilege will be strictly protected in all matters. 

The benefit of attorney-client privilege does have its limitations, however. Your attorney does not need consent to reveal potentially sensitive information in the following scenarios: 

  • To prevent death or serious bodily harm
  • To prevent the furtherance of a crime
  • To establish a defense in a matter between themselves and you
  • To comply with a court order
  • To seek advice in remaining compliant with the attorney-client privilege concept

If your attorney changes their employment (or the ownership of their firm changes), they can disclose information, yet only if it will prejudice your case. More information on the attorney-client relationship can be found throughout our site. 

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