Does an attorney have any obligation to protect information I share with him/her if I do not retain their services?

Asked almost 2 years ago - New York, NY

In seeking counsel, I shared information about my case and my claims that I would never want to wind up in the hands of opposing counsel, or any other party. Does "prospective" counsel have any ethical duty not to discuss my information with others?

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  1. Jack Richard Lebowitz

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    Answered . Agree with Mr. Cave. If information is communicated to an attorney which is intended as confidential even if the attorney isn't retained, it's privileged and can't be disclosed.

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  2. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . Yes, an attorney confidentiality relates to cases they are retained in and ones they are merely consulted.

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  3. Philip Douglas Cave

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    Answered . Yes.

    www.court-martial.com; www.court-martial.us.com; mljucmj@gmail.com 703-298-9562, 800-401-1583. Answering your... more
  4. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . It is priviledged.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  5. Jeffrey Bruce Gold

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    Answered . Yes

    If you'd like to discuss, please feel free to call. Jeff Gold Gold, Benes, LLP 1854 Bellmore Ave Bellmore,... more

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