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Does lawyer/client privilege cease after the client's death?

Fredericksburg, VA |

If there is privileged information about the deceased client that the lawyer can use to defend the surviving spouse is this a breach of lawyer/client privilege? This is a hypothetical question in regard to a work of fiction I am writing. Would appreciate any help offered.

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Thanks so much. Just exactly what I needed to know. Merry Christmas.


The protections of the priviledge are forever. The death of the client means the client can never waive the privilledge of silence.


Yes, it's a breach.

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