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As others have pointed out, confidentiality is implied by the lawyer agreeing to represent the client. It is not contingent on pay. Some reflection reveals that the alternative would be nonsense. If you required a fee, the fee would either be too trivial to accomplish anything, or it would be so high as to unduly inconvenience people. It would amount to ...


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There's no privilege. Under N.M. Evid. R. 11-503., New Mexico's attorney-client privilege protects communications that are: confidential; and made for the purpose of facilitating or providing professional legal services to that client; and between a client and his lawyer. The test doesn't ask if money changed hands, so paying a lawyer does not mean your ...


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In the united-states, if the lawyer has agreed to represent Walt and Jesse, then they are covered by the privilege, even if they have not yet payed any fee at all. Paying a retainer, even a nominal one dollar, can help confirm that a lawyer/client relationship exists, but it is the agreement to enter into the relationship that matters, not the fee that ...


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