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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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They are also similar in several other respects as both are clientage and rentier states.
Lope de Vega's Rimas Sacras; Conversion, Clientage, and the Performance of Masculinity.
8) Even an enormous poverty-relief program like Mexico's PRONASOL, which spent over one percent of the country's GDP per year for five years, will not relieve poverty if the funds are primarily used by public officials to support the ruling party through electioneering and clientage.
He argues that although the crown insisted on tethering the colonies already in the Habsburg period, the superseding impact of clientage foiled most of these attempts.
Part of what Jonson does in the course of the Poetomachia is propose (with some success) a novel value system in which to evaluate writing that ranks originality over traditionalism, independence over clientage, professionalism over amateurism.
The role played by clientage networks in directing the political history of medieval and early modern Europe has long been a subject of inquiry among historians of the nobility.
An example of such a descriptive sentence is: Article discusses the clientage system [system of patron-client relationships based on personal bonds of loyalty] in France during the Wars of Religion [1562-1598]; the author suggests that there was no failure or collapse of the system during the Wars, though many clients did change their loyalty between Catholic and Calvinist patrons.
Power and Solidarity: Clientage in Domestic Service.
Partisan attachments and antagonisms, with specific regional expressions, were primary; clientage networks within each party channelled political ambitions and access to resources, permeating, debilitating, and in some ways substituting for the state.
3) Theophile is product and prisoner of the clientage system, that is, the client-patron relationship, which subordinates the lesser to the greater nobility by the bonds of loyalty through patronage.
Clientage in the PRC's National Defense Research and Development Sector.
This is obvious in the way in which `friendship' provided the only effective or acceptable language for discussing ties of political patronage and clientage in the Ming period (much as it did in early modern Europe also).