Monday, April 26, 2010

Client Confidentiality: an Important Aspect of Legal Representation

Last week, my law firm’s blog posted a new entry explaining why client confidentiality is such an important aspect of legal representation. As the entry explains, client confidentiality is the foundation of the attorney client relationship and is essential for the effective representation of a client. I have included a snippet of the article below, but be sure to head over to the Tax Relief Blog for the full text.

Attorney Client Privilege

Attorney-client privilege and confidentiality are often mistaken as being one in the same; however, they are in fact different. While the attorney-client privilege protects communications between a client and his or her attorney from disclosure before a court, confidentiality protects a client from any information a client chooses to share with his or her attorney.


Why is confidentiality such an integral aspect of legal representation? The answer is trust—to effectively represent a client, an attorney needs the client’s complete trust. Think of it this way, we are all more willing to share information that may be embarrassing or difficult to talk about with someone that we know we can trust. This is why attorneys are held to a high standard of protecting a client’s confidential information.

Confidences and Secrets

With respect to client confidentiality, the definition of a secret is anything either the client has requested to be held in confidence or anything that, if told, would be detrimental to the client. Confidential information is any information related to the representation of the client. Furthermore confidential client information can only come from the client, whereas a client’s secrets can come from any source.

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