June 19, 2019 Top Story

Real Estate Contract Can Be Client Confidential Information

Client’s informed consent to disclose must include lawyer’s motives to conceal

By Onika K. Williams

A lawyer cannot disclose a real estate contract to a broker without the client’s informed consent, which must include disclosure of any personal, financial, or business interests of the lawyer.

A New York lawyer cannot disclose a real estate contract to a broker without the client’s informed consent

A New York lawyer cannot disclose a real estate contract to a broker without the client’s informed consent

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According to the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 1161, a real estate contract is deemed to be confidential information, and a lawyer who discloses such confidential information without the client’s informed consent violates New York’s Professional Code of Conduct Rule 1.6(a).

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