Robert Miller
Robert Miller, Probate Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Posted 12 months ago.

I cannot and will not give specific advice on an online forum and direct you to any competent and experienced attorney in your locale. As I indicated previously, practicality is the order of the day. Disciplinary committees cannot make things appear, and perhaps a warmer approach might be useful. Perhaps offer the attorney or his family that you or someone you know would be happy to come over and help go through the garage or wherever he keeps stuff to try and locate the files, or perhaps pay for them to hire someone to do it. Maybe a basket of fruit at the same time. Or not.

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Disclaimer: California attorney Robert Miller has practiced for over 45 years and restricts his practice to real estate and probate matters in the Central District of Los Angeles. Any opinion expressed is for general informational purposes only, no attorney-client relationship is intended or created by this answer, and no action or inaction should be contemplated without first employing and consulting with a competent attorney convenient to the questioner.

Robert Miller
Robert Miller, Probate Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Posted 12 months ago.

Oops -- previous comment directed to another questioner. Please disregard.

Robert Miller
Robert Miller, Probate Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
Posted 12 months ago.

Because of the preceding misdirected response, I will try to answer your question as to the meaning of a "confidential communication." Frankly, law books are written on the subject and there is no universal definition, except is must be a communication, and it must have been intended only for the eyes or ears of the respective client/attorney, patient/physician, penitent/cleric, etc., in the course of a professional employment or engagement between them. A casual "I feel lousy" to an acquaintance who happens to be a doctor while riding on the subway, would be unlikely to qualify. Beyond that you will need to employ local counsel, specify the exact communication and the circumstances, be prepared to discuss any damages, and proceed accordingly.
I cannot and will not give specific advice on an online forum and direct you to any competent and experienced attorney in your locale. As I indicated previously, practicality is the order of the day. Disciplinary committees cannot make things appear, and perhaps a warmer approach might be useful. Perhaps offer the attorney or his family that you or someone you know would be happy to come over and help go through the garage or wherever he keeps stuff to try and locate the files, or perhaps pay for them to hire someone to do it. Maybe a basket of fruit at the same time. Or not.

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Disclaimer: California attorney Robert Miller has practiced for over 45 years and restricts his practice to real estate and probate matters in the Central District of Los Angeles. Any opinion expressed is for general informational purposes only, no attorney-client relationship is intended or created by this answer, and no action or inaction should be contemplated without first employing and consulting with a competent attorney convenient to the questioner.