Attorney-Client Privilege is a Superpower
Attorney-Client Privilege is the utmost right of privacy that is granted to a client regarding communications between the client and his or her attorney. Attorney-Client Privilege is not an archaic term used only in legal textbooks and pop culture lawyer movies. Instead, Attorney-Client Privilege remains a distinct and incomparable right to have communications between an attorney and his or her client protected against any third party, including individuals, businesses, and even government agencies. For policy purposes, an attorney may neither be compelled, nor may choose to disclose communications made by the client in confidence or made in the pursuit of legal counsel.
How is the Attorney-Client Privilege Created?
The Attorney-Client Privilege is created upon the formation of the attorney-client relationship. The client must seek legal advice from a professional legal attorney and their communications must be made in confidence.
What does Attorney Client Privilege Protect Against?
Attorney-Client Privilege protects against disclosure by the attorney to all third parties. An attorney may not voluntarily disclose communications covered by the Attorney-Client Privilege to any third parties. Further, an attorney may not compelled to disclose information not otherwise available to third parties. While information can often be compelled by third parties, barring extraordinary circumstances, information covered by Attorney-Client Privilege may not be compelled even by government agencies.
Attorney Client Privilege and Online Immigration Services
When someone uses non-legal service providers of automate immigration paperwork, like FileRight, SimpleCitizen, RocketLawyer, LegalZoom, they have no clear recourse if something with their paperwork goes wrong, and there are no guarantees that your information will be protected. For example, if you file a citizenship application prepared by FileRight, the lack of any sort of attorney-client relationship means that you can’t sue them for legal malpractice if a field is not filled out, or there is an oversight of your application. In return, all you can really hope to do is get your money back, which is why online providers of immigration paperwork readily advertise a “100% refund” if your paperwork goes through. Perhaps more importantly, the information you give to them is not protected. When you input your personal information these providers can do with it what they wish, be it selling the information to marketing companies, or perhaps even less scrupulous online vendors.
With Citizenship.Law, because we are a law firm, we (1) stand behind our product and so does our insurance, and (2) we are bound not to share your information with anyone. If you are looking to save money, there is simply no better solution for you right now.