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Legal Malpractice Issues

A client’s right to confidentiality

| Jan 24, 2018 | Professional Malpractice Law |

If you have retained an attorney in Florida, you should know that you have the right to privacy much like you would expect when you go to the doctor. In general, the American Bar Association indicates that a lawyer should not provide any details about you, your case or their relationship with you to any other person or entity except in very specific situations.

One of the times when discussions may be had about your or the work being done is when it is deemed essential in order for the attorney to perform the work needed on your behalf. Also, if you provide your approval to your lawyer to communication about you to others, then the lawyer’s actions may be appropriate.

Attorneys are also allowed to discuss your case or other details if they or the law firm they are employed with experiences a change of role, employment or ownership. If there is the threat of any harm or death to another that may be prevented by disclosing otherwise confidential information, such disclosure may be allowable under those circumstances. Similarly, if providing information about your case can be said to be done in an effort to prevent illegal acts, the disclosure may be acceptable. It is important to know when or why any communication about you or case is reasonable or not. 

 If you would like to learn more about the level of confidentiality you should expect as a client of an attorney, please feel free to visit the legal client’s privacy rights page of our Florida legal malpractice website.