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It's a privilege

By Jordan Pecile, Esq.

The attorney-client relationship is special.

At the heart of their relationship lies the oldest privilege recognized by Anglo-American jurisprudence. The principles of the attorney-client privilege may be traced all the way back to the Roman Republic. It was firmly established in English law as early as the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century.

In its simplest terms, an attorney cannot be compelled to testify against his client. The attorney-client privilege ensures “that one who seeks advice or aid from a lawyer should be completely free of any fear that his secrets will be uncovered.”

The underlying principle is to provide for sound legal advice so that the client may speak frankly and openly to legal counsel, disclosing all relevant information to the attorney within a “zone of privacy.”

In practice, the client may be more willing to communicate to counsel things that he might otherwise prefer to keep to himself.  A client’s candor and honesty will assist the attorney in providing more accurate, well-reasoned professional advice, and the client can be secure in the knowledge that his statements to his lawyer will not be used against his interest.

Armed with full knowledge of their client’s situation, counselors at law are better equipped to satisfy all of their professional responsibilities, uphold their duties of good faith and loyalty to the client, and contribute to the efficient administration of justice.

In this way, the attorney is then at liberty to provide the forthright and candid advice that is in the client’s best interest.

Clients sometimes need a dose of reality.

Attorney Pecile

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