For decades, regulators and courts have ruled that sex with a client during the course of the professional relationship is unethical. However, lawyers continue to flout precedents and are often disciplined for having sexual relations with their clients. A lawyer will not have sexual relations with a client unless there was a consensual sexual relationship between them when the client-lawyer relationship began. One of the risks of a sexual relationship between lawyer and client that is not mentioned in the main article, although suggested in Norm's comment, is that such relationships are often spoiled, and often for one partner before the other.
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Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that works to keep confidential communications between a lawyer and his client private. Communications made to and by a lawyer in the presence of a third party may not be entitled to this privilege because they are not confidential.
Usually, an attorney-client relationship doesn't form until the lawyer and client agree. But the attorney-client privilege protects some communications made before the prospective client hires the lawyer, and even some where the lawyer is never hired.
The duty of confidentiality is much broader than the attorney-client privilege. As explained above, the duty of confidentiality applies to ALL information the lawyer has about the client; it is not limited to conversations between the lawyer and the client.
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