Confidentiality Explained: The Dialogue Approach to Discussing Confidentiality with Clients
43 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2013 Last revised: 11 Feb 2013
Date Written: 2011
Many lawyers lie to their clients by saying, “Everything you tell me is confidential” despite the existence of some rules that require lawyers to disclose client confidences and others that permit lawyers to disclose confidences to protect themselves or collect fees. In an effort to encourage clients to speak honestly, a number of commentators urge lawyers to provide either a general or specific notice of the exceptions to confidentiality.
This Article offers a different approach. It seeks to promote an honest and open dialogue between lawyer and client that will create a relationship of mutual trust and will make it more likely both that clients will share information and will gain an accurate understanding of the confidentiality issues relevant to their representation.
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