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What is the attorney-client relationship?


Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that works to keep confidential communications between an attorney and his or her client secret. 

The privilege is asserted in the face of a legal demand for the communications, such as a discovery request or a demand that the lawyer testify under oath. 

Attorney-Client Relationship:

This privilege exists when there is an attorney-client relationship


The relationship of attorney and client is one based on trust & confidence. This relationship is fiduciary in nature and therefore demands utmost fidelity.

Once retained, a lawyer will become fully aware with all the facts connected with his client’s case. During this discovery they begin to understand and form a case based on both the strong and weak points. Such knowledge must be treated with confidentiality and kept private, protecting their client.

            In most common law countries such knowledge must be treated with confidentiality and kept private, protecting their client. Information shared between a lawyer and his client is considered confidential, and it is not to be used or disclosed outside of the retained service. The question is not necessarily a right of either party but ensures proper professional standards.

Can a lawyer have a relationship with a client?

A Connecticut law makes clear that an attorney has a fiduciary relationship — or a heightened duty of loyalty and due care — to the client. That’s why attorneys are prohibited from taking undue or unfair advantage of a client.

At what point is a lawyer client relationship formed?

Each relationship is formed differently. An attorney-client relationship can form slowly over time or quickly when services are immediately in need. Though it may come as a surprise, an attorney-client relationship can develop as soon as one of the persons believes the relationship exists – even in the case that the attorney has no interest or intention of representing the person or no desire to become that person’s legal counsel.

How is an attorney-client relationship established?

An attorney-client relationship is considered established immediately upon the potential client asking the attorney for legal advice regarding the former’s business. To establish professional employment, it is not necessary that the client employed the attorney professionally on any previous occasion.

What is an attorney’s responsibility to his client?

Your attorney is responsible for making decisions regarding legal procedures and legal strategies. The attorney’s notable tasks mainly deal with technical, legal, and tactical matters, as the client is not expected to know the particulars of court procedures.

Is the existence of an attorney client relationship privileged?

Communications when made in confidence between a client and an attorney for the purpose of seeking or giving legal advice are privileged.

Conn. Code. Evid. 5-2

What can Tindall Law Firm Do for you?

We take personal injury cases very seriously and devote the time and resources necessary to bring your case to a successful resolution. We are careful to maintain your confidentiality during our representation of you and to comply with the highest level of ethical behavior, while still being a zealous advocate for you. As an experienced lawyer, Tavis Tindall understands the importance of working closely with clients from beginning to end. From car accidents to slip-and-fall accidents and spinal cord injuries, attorney Tindall and his staff provide quality service while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

What your lawyer can do for you:

  • Advise and represent clients in courts, before government agencies, and in private legal matters
  • Communicate with their clients, colleagues, judges, and others involved in the case
  • Conduct research and analysis of legal problems
  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses
  • Present facts in writing and verbally to their clients or others, and argue on behalf of their clients
  • Prepare and file legal documents, such as lawsuits and other litigation related documents.

At Tindal Law Firm we devote the necessary time and resources to each case to optimize the results. We are willing to do the work and spend the money necessary to build strong cases for compensation. Opposing attorneys and insurance companies know that we are always thoroughly prepared and willing to go to trial when that is in our client’s best interests. In many instances, this reputation for thorough, aggressive representation leads to favorable settlements without the need for a trial.

For a free consultation with a Waterbury personal injury attorney, please call 203.755.0018 or contact us online. All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case, you pay no fee unless we recover damages for you.