Subject to exception, a client has a privilege to refuse to disclose, and to prevent another from disclosing, a confidential communication between the client and his or her lawyer. California Evidence Code 954. The privilege may be waived. When applicable and timely asserted, the privilege is absolute.
A "lawyer" within the meaning of the attorney-client privilege is any person actually authorized, or reasonably believed by the client to be so authorized, to practice law in any state or nation. California Evidence Section 950. A "client" within the meaning of the attorney-client privilege is any person who consults a lawyer for the purpose of retaining the lawyer or securing legal services or advice in the lawyer's professional capacity. California Evidence Code 951.
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