There is no denying the fact that going through a divorce can often be an emotional experience for all parties involved. One of the more difficult barriers to overcome during the initial process is just being comfortable enough to discuss sensitive and emotional issues with an attorney. For many, it is hard to feel at ease, let alone completely honest, when discussing matters like finances, children and possible infidelity.
For your protection and peace of mind, the attorney-client privilege requires that your Tulsa Divorce Lawyer keep all of your sensitive information private. Still, you might be asking yourself just how does confidentiality in divorce proceedings work? To give you better working knowledge of attorney-client privilege in Oklahoma, the Tulsa Family Law Firm of Fry & Elder has answers to some of the more common questions about the process.
What is attorney-client privilege?
If you are giving any serious thought into hiring a Tulsa Divorce Lawyer, attorney-client privilege has a very practical and functional importance, as it mean any matters you discuss with your lawyer will be confidential. This privilege means that an attorney cannot be compelled, nor can he or she voluntarily disclose any matters that are communicated in confidence.
When does confidentiality apply?
The fact of the matter is, before attorney-client privilege can begin, an attorney-client relationship must exist. This occurs when the parties have agreed upon the representation of the client. The signing of an agreement of a fee contract, retainer agreement, engagement letter, an agreements to employ counsel or even simply entering an oral agreement to initiate representation are all examples and evidence that such an attorney-client relationship exists.
How and when is confidentiality waived?
Communications between a lawyer and client are only confidential if they are made in setting where it would be reasonable and expected for them to remain confidential. Some common examples of when confidentiality can be waves is when you invite third parties into what would have been a confidential conversation, divulge statements made in confidence with others after the fact or when you speak in a public place.
Should you have any additional questions about attorney-client privilege or about anything else pertaining to family law, we urge you to contact Fry & Elder today to set up a personal consultation with a skilled and experienced Tulsa Divorce Lawyer.
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Renowned Tulsa divorce lawyer Robert G “Hap” Fry Jr. was recently honored by the esteemed publication Best Lawyers® as its Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Tulsa for 2016. Fellow Fry & Elder trial lawyers M. Shane Henry, Aaron D. Bundy and Luke Barteaux also have been selected as SuperLawyers® Rising Stars™. If you have any legal concerns or questions, contact Fry & Elder today to set up a personal consultation with an elite attorney.