Does an accountant have the right to disclose any information about my private matters of my business?

this person is disclosing information about my business in a form of blackmail . In other words if i don't give this person x-amount of money [that she is not entitled to] she plans on disclosing information that is not open to the public

Swansea, MA -

Attorney Answers (3)

Erik Hammarlund

Erik Hammarlund

Employment / Labor Attorney - Vineyard Haven, MA
Answered

That's entirely illegal. You should consult an attorney and should seek advice.

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Herbert Warren Cooper IV

Herbert Warren Cooper IV

Business Attorney - Wellesley, MA
Answered

Echoing the previous answer, a threat to disclose confidential information that doesn't belong to the person threatening to disclose may be "actionable", and if the person threatening to disclose is prohibited from doing so (normally) by professional rules and or laws, they may also lose their license. However, the character of the information can be relevant - i.e. if someone was doing something improper and harming the public, and the blackmail was about that, the rules are a little different, but blackmail can still be actionable. You should contact a lawyer.

Christine C McCall

Christine C McCall

Administrative Law Lawyer - Pasadena, CA
Answered

You can make a complaint to the State, and the accountant may lose his/her professional license. Most accountants will jump through a lot of hoops to avoid or resolve a complaint to the Board.

Here is your info: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/p...

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