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What You Should Know About Attorney-Client Privilege

If you’ve ever watched a movie or television show in which some kind of courtroom drama was portrayed, you’ve likely heard the term “attorney-client privilege.” Most people think they know what it means, but before revealing potentially incriminating information to an attorney, you better be sure you’re right.

The truth is, an attorney can’t do his job unless his client is completely honest with him. Thus, if the client reveals self-incriminating information, the attorney must be able to keep that information from prosecutors, the police, or anyone else. The point of attorney-client privilege is to allow the client to speak freely to the attorney without fear that what he says will be used against him, as the attorney is supposed to keep the information private.

An Honest Look At Attorney-Client Privilege

Before you talk to an attorney openly about your situation, you should know what attorney-client privilege is and what it covers. Basically, attorney-client privilege says that:

  • All communications are to be kept private. Attorney-client privilege dictates that communications should be held confidentially between an attorney and his client. This allows the client to discuss even damaging information with the attorney so that the legal professional has all the tools he needs to give the appropriate advice. By law, the discussions are to be kept private and solely between the client and the lawyer.
  • The client has the power. Ultimately, the client is in charge of the attorney-client privilege relationship. Only he or she can waive the privilege; the attorney cannot break it himself. The attorney is even upheld by the law to continue the confidentiality after the client dies, and he cannot share this information with anyone, including his employees.

Were You Betrayed by Your Attorney?

If your attorney didn’t uphold his part of the attorney-client privilege, you may have a legal malpractice case. The Morton Law Offices want to help you during this difficult time. Contact us today to find out how.