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HE ATTORNEY-CLIENT privilege is one of the oldest and most well-known principles of our legal system. English courts began recognizing a version of the attorney-client privilege as long ago as 1500, and since then, attorneys and clients alike have come to believe that their communications are cloaked with nearly absolute secrecy. But, combined with the popularity of this ancient legal doctrine are a lot of misconceptions about the application and the scope of the privilege. The truth is that the attorney-client privilege does not provide the type of ironclad protection that many clients and practitioners seem to expect.

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