The attorney-client privilege is a rule which has governed courts in the United States for over a century. The rule holds that if an attorney advises a client concerning a legal matter, neither the attorney nor the client can be compelled by a court of law to disclose the content of those communications. Relatedly, an attorney is not allowed to disclose those communications without the client’s permission.
The function of the attorney-client privilege is to ensure that you, the client, can get the best legal advice possible. Because the privilege protects the secrecy of attorney-client communications, you can be honest and candid with your attorney, without worrying that it will hurt your case. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry that potentially embarrassing information will be made public.
In turn, your attorney will have the information and unvarnished truth they need to effectively protect your rights and interests while handling your case, and to avoid any surprises which may arise because they were left in the dark about a certain issues you didn’t disclose due to fear of its dissemination.
Fortunately, it isn’t necessary to formally hire a lawyer in order to gain the attorney-client privilege. Any consultation with a lawyer can be covered by the privilege, including the first phone call you make to a lawyer to determine whether you will hire them.
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