Brooklyn Bar Association on board with extending attorney-client privilege
BBA’s director for its lawyer referral service, Roseann Hiebert, has been working for years to get a law passed to protect the sensitive information that clients give her and her intake workers. She said that they already treat such information as confidential, but need further protections.
The New York State Senate and Assembly have recently passed a bill that would extend attorney-client privileges to lawyer referral services, and both the NYS Bar Association (NYSBA) and the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) want to see that bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Lawyer referral services are common throughout the country. It’s a service that helps pair clients with attorneys who practice in their area of need. To connect lawyers and clients, the a lawyer referral service needs information from clients — information that could potentially hurt their cases if not protected.
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