The client-attorney relationship privilege protects sensitive information
that you divulge to your Cleveland personal injury lawyer.
The following are exceptions to the client-attorney relationship privilege:
client death – in the event that a client should pass away, privilege may be breached
if legal heirs litigate against one another;
fiduciary duty – a corporation has a right to attorney-client privilege, but it
is not absolute and may be breached on behalf of shareholders in certain cases;
fraud or crime furtherance – when a client seeks advice from a lawyer to advance a crime or
fraud or to conceal a crime after it has been committed, the correspondences
are not privileged; and
common interest exception – in such instances that a client may be represented by the same
attorney, neither client has client-attorney relationship privilege against
In addition, certain facts are not privileged – for instance, how
long you have been working with your lawyer or that you have a lawyer.
The terms of attorney retention may also be considered discoverable. Other
participants in a meeting with a lawyer may not be protected, either.
Overall, when you are working with your lawyer, you can safely assume that
as long as you are not seeking assistance in commissioning or concealing
a crime, all of your admissions will be protected by the rule of privilege.