The California Supreme Court found that there was an attorney-client relationship because the client understood that the lawyer was working on the matter and the attorney's office did work on the case. Evidence Code 954 is California's statute that makes communications between lawyers and their clients privileged and confidential. This is what is known as the “attorney-client privilege” (or the “attorney-client privilege”). Attorney-client privilege is a rule that protects the confidentiality of communications between lawyers and clients.
Under the rule, lawyers cannot disclose their clients' secrets, nor can others compel them to do so. The purpose of the privilege is to encourage clients to openly share information with their lawyers and to allow lawyers to represent their clients effectively. Zbylut, California Second Appellate District Case No. B282129 (September 10, 2001) A California appeals court recently extended the application of a large totality of the circumstances of the legal analysis of whether a partnership attorney has formed an implied attorney-client relationship with an individual partner.
Specifically, the court applied the test to the question of whether the lawyer for a limited liability company had formed an implied attorney-client relationship with an individual member. After the federal action was concluded, Sprengel filed a legal malpractice lawsuit against Zbylut and Cox, alleging that the lawyers provided services to the LLC for the benefit of Mohr and to the detriment of Sprengel. In addition to alleging that counsel's defendants did not contact her and did not obtain conflict-of-interest waivers, Sprengel sought repayment of the fees because she had not consented to her withholding. The trial court granted summary judgment, finding that Sprengel lacked standing and failed to establish that she and the defendants had an attorney-client relationship.
A California appeals court recently extended the application of a large totality of the circumstances of the legal analysis of whether a partnership lawyer has formed an implied attorney-client relationship with an individual partner. The privilege generally remains in effect even after the attorney-client relationship ends, and even after the client's death. The appellate court then recognized that an implicit attorney-client relationship can be created in a partnership context based on the totality of the circumstances. The information provided on this site does not constitute legal advice, does not constitute a lawyer referral service, and no attorney-client or confidential relationship will be formed or formed through the use of the site.
Rather, Sprengel argued that he had an implicit attorney-client relationship with lawyers because of his co-ownership of the LLC. The attorney-client privilege continues to protect your communications with your lawyer even after the attorney-client relationship has ended (as long as the communications were made while it still existed).