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    Civil Procedure

    ATTORNEY AND CLIENT: Attorneys Must Preserve Confidential Information While Executing Judgment for Fees

    Posted by Amy Gore on June 9, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    The Lawletter Vol 42 No 4

    Amy Gore, Senior Attorney, National Legal Research Group

         Most attorneys encounter situations in which a client does not pay the legal fees due and owing. There may, or may not, be a dispute over services rendered. Every state bar association has some form of fee dispute resolution program, yet some clients do not participate, leaving the attorney few options. At some point it becomes evident that the attorney-client relationship has terminated and the relationship with the prior client becomes adversarial in nature. The question thus arises: If the attorney pursues an action against the client to recover the fee, and obtains a judgement against a former client, may the attorney disclose confidential information obtained during the course of the representation while seeking to execute on that judgment?

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    Topics: attorney-client, executing judgment for fees, preserving confidential information

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