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Keeping secrets is my business.

Attorney client confidentiality and privilege are legal terms of art. Today’s blog will deal with confidentiality and privilege will be in a follow up blog.

Confidentiality is an ethical obligation on the the attorney to keep your business, your business. That means that your identity, the fact you called, or had an appointment, and the content of the discussions are all private. It means it is kept a secret to the extent it needs to be.

Confidentiality does not mean you may not disclose some information to others. If there is a pending suit and I am hired and file on your behalf then those facts are no longer confidential. If I need to disclose some facts to have an expert evaluate them, then to that extent, the disclosure to a third party, is no longer confidential. However, confidentiality can apply to third parties, including; experts, other attorneys in the firm, and staff in the firm.

The American Bar Assoc. Model Rule 1.6, states:

“A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent, the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation or the disclosure is permitted by paragraph (b).”

“The rule prohibits a lawyer from sharing any information learned about their client–whether learned directly from the client or not–that is related to the representation without permission from the client. This is a broad duty. However…there are a number of instances where disclosure is permitted without a client’s consent, including preventing death or substantial bodily harm, preventing the client from committing a crime or fraud that will injure another, preventing or mitigating harm that may result from a crime committed by the client, compliance with other law or a court order, securing legal advice about compliance with the rule, establishing claims and defenses in the event of a dispute between the lawyer and the client, or resolving potential conflicts of interest for the lawyer. Given these numerous exceptions, a lawyer must pay close attention to the particular facts of their situation when determining whether disclosure is permitted.” ABA, Model Rule 1.6


Matthew Thompson is a Mississippi Family Law Attorney and keeps your secrets.

5 Dirty Secrets about Secrets!

I keep secrets for a living.

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No, I am not in the NSA, but I have less issues keeping secrets than they do and the CIA.

Keeping secrets is not hard, but it’s very easy to slip up. Here are sure-fire ways to ensure that your secret gets out.

5 Ways to Spill the Beans:

5. Tell someone else. It’s no longer a secret when more than one person knows about it. There are only a few circumstances when privilege applies to disclosed secrets.

4. Write it down. Keeping a Journal may be good for your mental health, but it also creates a record of your activity.

3. Take a Picture.  Cameras on cellphones have lead to more evidence than just about any other device.

2. Get Drunk. It’s been said that “a drunk man says what a sober man thinks.”

1. Text It. Similar to #3. Text messages have done in many a secret. Not only are they very easy to send. They are easy to send to the wrong person, and come with a time and date stamp!

Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Attorney and knows how to keep a secret.

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The 3 Best Kept Surprise Secrets for a Happy Marriage…(you will not believe #3!)

Happy Marriages are not only in fairy tales.  They take work, but do exist in the real world.

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So, what are 3 of the best kept secrets for a happy marriage?

  1. Work out.  Exercise is good for your physical and mental health.  Exercise results in your body releasing enodrphins which make you feel good. Also, one partner working out and being healthy may well help encourage the other party the inspiration they need to do the same.  You do not have to go crazy, just go.
  2. Cook a Meal for the Other.  Cook they’re favorite meal.  Even if you cannot cook, try.  It’s the “trying” that gets you the credit. Alternatively cook together.
  3. Hire a Lawn Service. But, you just said to work out, but mowing the yard and weed-eating are awful.  More fights over when, who and whether the lawn gets cut Friday, Saturday and Sunday are had every week than fights about oil changes. Obviously expense may be a factor and a few poor souls may find their satisfaction from yard work, but if you are like most folks it is a thankless, hot, annoying chore that always needs to be done, seemingly.

Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Attorney in Mississippi and while these may or may not be the secrets that make your marriage magic, striving for things in common and focusing on the important parts of life are never a bad thing.

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