attorney's work product

attorney's work product

n. written materials, charts, notes of conversations and investigations, and other materials directed toward preparation of a case or other legal representation. Their importance is that they cannot be required to be introduced in court or otherwise revealed to the other side. Sometimes there is a question as to whether documents were prepared by the attorney and/or the client for their use in the case preparation or are documents which are independent and legitimate evidence. (See: attorney-client privilege, work product)

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Reardon, claimed that during the hearing, the judge should not have allowed a page from the notes of the defense lawyer at trial to be admitted at the hearing because the notes constitute the attorney's work product.
Once the privilege is established as to the material requested, in balancing the need for discovery and the need to protect the attorney's work product, the burden rests on the one who would invade that privacy to establish adequate reasons to justify production through a subpoena or court order.
[section] 119.071 to revise the exemption from the attorney's work product for a public agency and amending F.S.
For examplc, the appraiser may have valid ground to limit the subpoena if theappraisal.documents.contain "trade secrets" or when an attorney's work product protection applies to the work of a non-testifying expert appraiser.
BY engaging the CPA's services under a Kovel letter prepared by an attorney, the CPA can freely communicate with the client under protection of the attorney-client privilege, and the work papers prepared by the CPA can be protected from discovery under the attorney's work product privilege where they are not involved with return preparation.
Thus, while an independent auditor's legal assessment of a corporation's tax litigation risks may be discoverable by the Service, this by no means indicates that an attorney's work product assessing these litigations risks should not receive work product protection.
495, 510 (1947) (holding protecting attorney's work product necessary to proper preparation of legal arguments and strategies).
Consulting experts are not expected to testify, so their work is generally considered part of the attorney's work product and is not discoverable.
Though Oklahoma courts have not ruled on this specific fact pattern, the court cited cases showing the weight of authority supports the notion that clients are the legal owners of their case files, including the attorney's work product. Furthermore, the rules of ethics would prevent Jones from disclosing or capitalizing on any information related to his representation of McVeigh absent an explicit waiver of the attorney-client privilege.
Early in the history of Florida's Public Records Act, the Florida Supreme Court declined to recognize any exemption for a government attorney's work product or attorney-client privileged documents.
Under this privilege (codified in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(3)), a party seeking an attorney's work product covered by the privilege is entitled to it only on a showing of a substantial need for it.
If a corporation discloses privileged communications or its attorney's work product in response to an inquiry by a prosecutor or regulator investigating the corporation's activities, the corporation may have waived the privileges if a civil lawsuit is filed later.

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