We often have clients request that their family members or friends sit in on their meetings with us when discussing issues about their case. It’s not that we don’t like these folks that want to help or that we don’t want them to help our clients. It is our concern for our clients that prevents us from being able to allow them in the meeting.
You see, there is an attorney client privilege that exists in regards to what a client discusses with their attorney. In other words, generally, no one can compel or force an attorney to reveal what was discussed with a client, and no one can compel or force a client to reveal what was discussed with their attorney. This is an important and time-honored privilege.
If a friend or family member sits in on the meeting with the attorney, then that attorney client privilege is violated, and a third-party could compel, or force, that person to tell what was discussed between the attorney and client. Generally, a client would not want that privilege broken.
So, you see, it is out of concern for the client and their right to privacy and confidentiality that we insist that only the client be present when matters concerning their case are discussed with the office.
John Rogers, Kentucky Bankruptcy Attorney