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A person who employs or retains an attorney to represent him or her in any legal business; to assist, to counsel, and to defend the individual in legal proceedings; and to appear on his or her behalf in court.

This term includes a person who divulges confidential matters to an attorney while pursuing professional assistance, regardless of sub-sequent employment of the attorney. This attorney-client relationship is quite complex and extensive in its scope. One of the key aspects of this relationship is confidentiality of communications. A client has the right to require that his or her attorney keep secret any discussion between them during the course of their relationship that pertains to the matters for which the attorney is hired. This protection extends to a person who might have disclosed any confidential matters while seeking aid from an attorney, whether the attorney was employed or not. If, for example, someone is "shopping" for an attorney to handle a Divorce, the person might reveal certain private information to several attorneys, all of whom are expected to keep such communications confidential.


Attorney-Client Privilege.


noun business contact, buyer of labor, cliens, consultor, consumer, customer, employer of legal advice, hirer, offerer, patron, patron of professional servies, person employing advice, person represented, person represented by counsel, purchaser, retainer of counsel
Associated concepts: attorney-client privilege, attorneyylient relationship
See also: consumer, customer, patron

CLIENT, practice. One who employs and retains an attorney or counsellor to manage or defend a suit or action in which he is a party, or to advise him about some legal matters.
     2. The duties of the client towards his counsel are, 1st. to give him a written authority, 1 Ch. Pr. 19; 2. to disclose his case with perfect candor3. to offer spontaneously, advances of money to his attorney; 2 Ch. Pr. 27; 4. he should, at the end of the suit, promptly pay his attorney his fees. Ib. His rights are, 1. to be diligently served in the management of his business 2. to be informed of its progress and, 3. that his counsel shall not disclose what has been professionally confided to him. See Attorney at law; Confidential communication.

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He said that due to increase in branches network, they could attract more clientage which would alternatively help us to grow our deposit and advance base and our bank will play its due role in socio-economic development of the country.
The committee took notice on the use by certain lawyers of the prefix or suffix of their previous designations, ex-judge, ex-attorney general and ex-advocate general etc for attracting clientage," a statement issued by the NJPMC said.
As a result, the clientage of Sudanese aragi is invariably composed, almost without exception, of Sudanese consumers rather than Egyptians.
According to Beik, an aristocratic society required effective sharing of resources through taxation, venality, and clientage.
As in his previous monograph Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1850, which revealed the "strict intergenerational dependency that suffused the New England countryside and the reins of clientage that ran throughout the fishery," Young Men and the Sea is similarly focused on the question of "who worked for whom and under what terms.
Malcolm Walsby presents the debates over clientage briefly and declines to go beyond the most general of remarks: for example, that those in the Laval affinity expected in one way or another to be compensated for their services.
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