For anyone who has watched a TV show or movie about law, they have probably heard of the term “attorney-client privileges”. This term refers to the fact that an attorney cannot disclose confidential information that their client has shared with them even if someone wants to use that information as evidence. They are able to share this information, however, if the client provides consent. What many people may not know is that attorney-client privileges are only valid for so long and there are certain exceptions where this privilege can be broken. An example of this is when a client has the intention to cover up a crime or fraud. This is known as the crime-fraud exception. It is also important to know that attorney-client privileges may not apply in all circumstances. For example, if a client has communicated with someone who is not the primary and acting attorney for a case. They may be a business advisor, a person in a non-legal role, or a secretary. In these instances, attorney-client privileges do not apply. Furthermore, many do not know that when communication is made with an attorney as well as a third party, the privileges only apply between the client and the attorney, not the client and the third party. As there are so many different things to consider when it comes to attorney-client privileges, it is often best to discuss any limitations with a professional.
Other circumstance where privileges can be waived
An attorney is able to breach these privileges when they are defending themselves against disciplinary action. For example, if a client was to take legal action against their own attorney then they would automatically be waiving attorney-client privileges. Another example is when a professional is looking to receive payment for services rendered. There is also an exception when a client will want personal information told to family members only after they have passed away. An example of this is when a person may want to leave money to a child that nobody else has previously known about. In conclusion, there are always exceptions and considerations when it comes to the law. This is because the law is not designed to be understood by the everyday person. Because of this, it is always best to seek out professional help in order to understand a legal subject better such as the matter of attorney-client privileges.