Identifying permitted disclosures of information

Dealing with legal matters is never easy, and often a resource that people in El Segundo only pursue as a last resort. Thus, if you are put in a position of needing legal assistance, the details of what got you there may be rather sensitive. Your reluctance to disclose them, then, is understandable. It is required, however, in order to ensure you have the best representation possible. The nature of the information given to their attorneys (and the circumstances in which it was given) is why so many of those that we here at the Lange Law Corporation work with feel so betrayed when those attorneys disclose it. 

It is widely known that your attorney is prohibited from sharing information with others about your representation without your consent. What is less well-known is that are, however, certain exceptions to this rule. According to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (as shared by the American Bar Association), your consent is not needed for your lawyer to reveal information in any of the following cases: 

  • To avoid the reasonable potential of suffering death or serious bodily harm
  • To prevent you from committing a crime or furthering a fraudulent scheme
  • To prevent, mitigate or rectify any financial damage your actions have done (or could do) to another
  • To defend themselves in a criminal or civil matter or controversy that arises due to their relationship with you
  • To comply with a court order
  • To address any potential conflicts of interests that may arise from a change in their employment or the structure of their firm

Disclosure is only permitted in the last scenario if it does not compromise or prejudice you in any way. More information on the responsibilities that arise from the attorney-client relationship can be found here on our site.