The fraud exception to lawyers’ obligation to keep clientmatters confidential is stronger in New Jersey than in manystates, and it just got stronger.

The state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a client ofPrinceton’s Hill Wallack cannot bar the firm from telling hiswife also a client of the firm that the husband has anillegitimate child. After the couple hired Hill Wallack to writea will, the firm learned of the child’s existence and believed itshould tell the wife, but the husband wanted the information keptfrom her.

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