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Understanding Attorney-Client Privilege

In Child Custody, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

The attorney client relationship is an incredibly important one. In order to navigate the legal system, an attorney is an absolute necessity in most proceedings. However, for that representation to be effective, a client and attorney must be able to freely speak about a case. This allows an attorney to provide comprehensive and thorough legal advice. Significantly, an attorney must have all the information necessary to provide effective legal representation. The Attorney Client Privilege The attorney-client privilege is one of the hallmarks of the American legal system. It is also one of the primary mechanisms that allows for free communication between a client and an attorney. In North Carolina, Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6(a) states that: A lawyer shall not reveal information acquired during the professional relationship with a client …