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Attorney Client Confidentiality

All communications between an attorney and his or her client are protected by the attorney-client privilege, which is defined as a client’s privilege to refuse to disclose, and to prevent any other person from disclosing, confidential communications between the client and his or her attorney. Such privilege protects communications between attorney and client that are made for the purpose of furnishing or obtaining professional legal advice or assistance. The privilege belongs to the client, not the attorney, and hence only the client may waive it. The privilege does not apply to communications between an attorney and a client that are made in furtherance of a fraud or other crime.

Care must be exercised by the client to protect and preserve attorney-client privilege. Third party participation in otherwise privileged communications may result in the loss of the privilege.