A clients case is confidential, even if you are a group leader – Attorney Client Privilege

Gina Dixon, Investigative Reporter / Legal Expert / Paralegal

We received a couple emails from Spanish Land Grant Heirs asking us about recent disclosures from the Attorneys working on the Heirs case.  The disclosures are coming from Group Representatives, not just one to single out. People like to talk and share information.

Recently, one of our staff commented on social media

It seems not all group representatives are aware of Client Privilege, when you sign power of attorney.  I know Mrs Fowler is busy, and the team. Group Rep’s you cannot discuss anyone  ‘s case, or personal info, including, their job, where they live, what the case is doing. It is illegal and you can be in trouble legally too.  This is confidential, you destroy ACP, you destroy the case. We have some emails wanting us to publish about this, because some family members who are not in direct linage, want to steal inheritance by any means, manipulation, lies, other legal means, force etc. Nothing should be discussed!  It may not be even family members but impostors.  If they persist ask them to contact Mrs Fowler, I am sure she would agree.   I don’t think this is something the network should post, but maybe it is. Do not talk about the case on Facebook either. Wise up .

 

How can a client feel secure from the potential risk of having sensitive information fall into the wrong hands? In an extremely complex and competitive business climate saturated by consultants, technical advisers and outside experts, the sophisticated business owner might pause to consider one of the fundamental advantages of retaining legal counsel. By its very nature, the attorney-client relationship affords a distinct, invaluable right to have communications protected from compelled disclosure to any third party, including business associates and competitors, government agencies and even criminal justice authorities.

Violation of the rules related to attorney confidences is a disciplinarian offense that could lead to consequences associated his ability to continue practicing law. If you believe you have been victimized by an attorney who has unlawfully disclosed client confidences, you should report that event to the State Bar. The bar will investigate, and if the charges are found to be true, the attorney can face discipline up to and including possible disbarment…  also the person who has signed a power of attorney can be culpable for punishment.

This means if you are talking and you signed a legal document, you can face criminal penalties, damages, and restitution.  It is very serious.

There should not be more said, you have taken an oath before God and man.  Below are some education on the law.

Reference:  The American Bar Association

Sources:  Link 1  Link 2