June 01, 2012

Lawyer and Witness: A Special Relationship

Dan Small

From Preparing Witnesses: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients, 3rd edition, chapter 2

  • Find out how to understand your client’s needs.
  • Learn how to earn the trust of your client.

In any area of the law, the relationship between lawyer and client is an important and unusual one. First, it is confidential. The attorney-client privilege creates a wall of confidentiality that is unmatched in any other profession. Second, lawyers have knowledge and experience that are vital to people going through a wide range of important events. Third, lawyers can “do” things for people in the legal arena that others cannot: represent them, speak for them, and sometimes act for them.

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