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Generally, anything disclosed to an attorney during a consultation cannot be revealed by the attorney without the client's consent.
I would direct you to Georgia's Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6: http://www.gabar.org/barrules/handbookdetail.cfm?what=rule&id=57
Disclosure of confidential information can easily lead to disbarment .
so what do I do. what is my recourse
Well, the recourse is up to you because that's a personal, but when an attorney has violated the rules of professional conduct, a complaint can be filed with the State bar association. http://www.gabar.org/forthepublic/fileacomplaint.cfm . If it was me, I would probably contact the attorney who made the disclosure to get his/her side of the story before filing a complaint. People make mistakes and I might feel sympathetic toward someone who said "you're absolutely right, and I'm so sorry... I was distracted and it was a terrible mistake. How can I make it up to you?"
ok thank you for your answer. that should be enough information for me.
A violation of the professional code of conduct is also considered malpractice; if there are any actual damages that result from a breach, it may also be possible to sue the attorney who broke the code. To do something like that, you would normally want to enlist the help of a professional malpractice attorney.
Certainly. I'm really sorry that this happened to you. You have a right to assume that your communications with your attorney are confidential.
just one more thing after your answer. are you talking about damages from the attorney not representing as her should.
meant attorney not representing my wife as he should
I was actually talking about damages from an attorney who violated the code of professional conduct, but it could apply to any attorney who breaks the code of professional conduct. We discussed confidentiality, but the code also attorneys to perform their work with diligence, competence, and in the best interests of the client. You can see the entire code of professional conduct here: http://www.gabar.org/barrules/georgia-rules-of-professional-conduct.cfm An attorney who breaks any one of the rules can be subject to discipline from the state bar and a lawsuit for professional malpractice.4
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