My lawyer's wife hacked into his email and read personal and confirdential emails I had sent him. He has been my attorney for approximately a year. I made a comment, and it was a joke, and not inappropriate, however she construed it differently. She had the audacity to actually email me regarding it. Is this legal? I have not spoken to my attorney since the incident although we were in the middle of some legal paperwork. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
A lawyer has an ethical obligation to not disclose information that you told him in confidence. This obligation of confidentiality can only be broken in rare circumstances that do not seem to apply here. I have included a link the model code of professional conduct so that you can judge for yourself.
I have no idea what was in your email and whether it applied to the work that the lawyer was doing for you. If the information related to your case and the attorney's wife was not his employee, then you have reason for concern. If the email was unrelated to your case, you will have a hard time proving any damages. If the email related to a personal matter, you should know that in, many jurisdictions, lawyers are prohibited from having personal relationships with their clients.
So, if you feel that a confidence was betrayed concerning the matters that your attorney is handling for you, you may want to seek another lawyer to handle your case.
I hope this helps and may God bless you.
This response is provided for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Questions and answers posted to this forum are public and cannot be kept confidential. Although admitted in DC, I currently reside in Texas.
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