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When does a client-attorney relationship start?

When does a client-attorney relationship start?

Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
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Any time you consult an attorney on a confidential basis.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/27/2011

Lowenstein Law Office
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It depends on several factors

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011

Answer By Roy L. Reeves
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
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There are several points where it could begin, my personal explanation and belief is that when you ask for advice the first time, and the attorney gives it, all privileges attach to any conversations. That said if any money exchanged hands, it is a no brainer that the relationship existed at that moment.

Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 8/1/2011

Answer By Thomas Humphrey
Thomas Humphrey, Attorney at Law
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It depends on the reason for your question. The attorney-client relationship starts, for the purposes of confidentiality at the first time you communicate with a lawyer. Even if you decide not to retain that lawyer, your communication is confidential. The attorney-client relationship starts with respect to actual representation when you and your attorney have agreed to the terms and scope of representation.

Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 8/1/2011

Answer By Maury Beaulier
Beaulier Law Office
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When a retainer agreement is signed and a retainer fee is paid, representation commences. However, any discussions with counsel with regard to representation remains privileged.

Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 8/1/2011

Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
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Probably when the agreement regarding the representation is reached between the attorney and the client.

Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 7/30/2011

Answer By Lacy Fields
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
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Typically, once advise is given and the parties agree to the relationship. It ends when either one of you ends it.

Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 7/30/2011

Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
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From the time you talk to an attorney about your case even if you don't hire him then he cannot talk to any one about your case or represent the apposing party.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/30/2011

Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
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The confidential relationship begins at the time of the initial consultation. However, in order to retain the services of the attorney there has to either be an appointment by a COurt or a retainer paid.

Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/30/2011

Answer By Steve Freeborn
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
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Once there is an attorney client relationship. This is generally, once a client suits down with an attorney and confides in him or her.

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 7/29/2011

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