Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy Cases – Part III**

By Paul W. Bonapfel, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Georgia*

The Attorney-Client Privilege

General Principles

The attorney-client privilege is a rule of evidence that prevents the use of certain communications between lawyer and client as evidence. The privilege does not apply to everything that is subject to the confidentiality restrictions of the rules of professional conduct. In federal courts, the Federal Rules of Evidence provide that the attorney-client privilege is determined by reference to federal law when federal law supplies the . . .

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