Attorney-Client Privileges

Recently there has been talk about a long-recognized privilege being dead, but to this day many individuals still don’t know about a client’s right to disclose, or refuse to acknowledge, confidential information with their attorney. Luckily, our team at Attorney Docs decided to shed a light on the subject.

The attorney-client privilege not only encourages the client to speak candidly, but more importantly­ provides the attorney with necessary knowledge to develop an effective legal strategy. The greatest advantage for the attorney-client privilege, is that the lawyer cannot testify against his/her client, thus ensuring that the client receives adequate legal advice without the fear of retribution. This may include admitting to a previous crime, and if not waived, must be kept in secrecy by the lawyer; but there are exceptions…

Being one of the oldest and most respected benefits in U.S. law, attorney-client privilege does have its limits, and as of late those limits have been tested extraordinarily. For example, if the relationship between the attorney and client show a furtherance into crime or fraud, then the privilege is nullified. If a client admits to a crime, but the crime is currently being committed or in planning, that too falls outside the protection of the attorney-client privilege; so, don’t think of it as a confession booth.

“The law is reason free from passion…Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.” -Aristotle