Attorney Client Privilege: What’s Protected?
Attorney Client Privilege can be invoked by the client to protect conversations between the client and their attorney. It is important to protect conversations that pertain to strategy and planning regarding your litigation or pending matter, it also helps create the strong degree of trust necessary for an effective attorney-client relationship.
The privilege extends to the attorney’s staff including the partners and associates assigned to the case and appearing in court, the law clerks and interns researching matters and drafting memoranda, and the paralegals assisting the attorneys. Typically, in a domestic relations matter, it also extends to some expert witnesses depending on who retained the expert.
The privilege does not extend on the client’s side unless the client has exercised a Power of Attorney, has a guardian appointed, or a conservator appointed for his or her care and protection. As such, if a client’s spouse or parents are present for meetings with the attorney, the conversation is not protected.
At Foley & MacAdie, P.C. we value the attorney client relationship and its privilege. Contact us if you’re interested in forming a caring and trusting relationship with your prospective attorneys.
The information provided by Foley and MacAdie, P.C. is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.