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September 14, 2018 • By Dennis Beaver
It is legal for a lawyer to secretly record a conversation with clients? How about a client, or a client’s friend, making the recording and not informing the lawyer?
If you’re thinking, “President Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen,” then we are on the same page.
It depends upon the state where the recording was made. Eleven states, including California, require consent of everyone recorded. In most others, only one person’s permission is needed, and that is usually the person making the recording.
But what happens when that required consent wasn’t obtained, and a recording reveals some truly rotten legal advice given to a client in a divorce case?
A Hanford reader played that kind of a recording for me recently, confirming all that I had been told about a certain Central Valley divorce attorney.
“You want to cause him grief? I’m your guy.”…click here to read more