Eastern Michigan University

Attorney/Client Privileged Information

When a person who is or wishes to be a client of an attorney (a member of the bar of a court), communicates private information to that attorney or the attorney’s subordinate, and, the attorney intends to represent the person as their attorney, and the purpose of the communication is to give or obtain legal advice, then the communication is protected from disclosure to anyone, and must remain confidential with the attorney and their subordinates.   It is up to the client to decide who can see privileged communications.

Examples
  • A person seeks advice from an attorney in a conversation about the legal obligations under a proposed contract.
  • An attorney makes written notes during a conversation with a person accused of committing a crime who seeks legal advice about their legal rights and the potential criminal penalties.
  • An employer sends a letter requesting legal advice from an attorney about on-the-job privacy rights of their employees. 
Laws/Regulations/Policies
Additional Resources
Using Attorney/Client Privileged Information

The permitted (Yes), the not permitted (No), and those needing to contact I.T. (Contact I.T.) are listed in three columns in the matrix below.

     YES

             NO                
 CONTACT I.T.  
   
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