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What is attorney-client privilege?

Attorney-client privilege is a concept that protects the confidentiality of discussions between an individual and their lawyer. In general, it covers communications about legal matters and case-related information shared with the attorney.

The attorney cannot reveal or be forced to disclose, to third parties, any information that is discussed within the context of the attorney-client relationship without the client’s permission. For example, a client may admit a crime to their lawyer with the reasonable expectation that the information will remain private.

Attorney-client privilege is meant to encourage honest and open disclosure between clients and their lawyers about facts surrounding their legal case. The rule allows attorneys to provide their clients with effective advice and representation. There are several exceptions to attorney-client privilege such as the presence of a third party or the client waiving the privilege.

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