Can Your Freelancer Keep A Secret?

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There isn’t a responsible lawyer anywhere who isn’t concerned about protecting client confidentiality. This is a crucial element any attorney/client relationship, and if you\’re thinking of getting a freelance lawyer involved in one of your cases, you have a right to know in advance, how how your freelanceer will handle confidentiality.

In this video, I want to cover detail how I deal with it. In just about every assignment I accept, my work begins with a review of pleadings and other documents that disclose confidential information. In most cases, this is a given. Let\’s say you hire me tomorrow to work on a project for you. The first thing I\’ll do is send you a professional services agreement, and that agreement contains a paragraph on confidentiality. Here\’s what it says:

USLegalWriting.com (USLW)agrees to hold in strict confidence any information received from the Hiring Firm whether or not it is designated "confidential." This duty expressly extends to any information that identifies the Hiring Firm\’s client or the client\’s concerns, interests or business. This means that USLW shall not discuss or reveal to anyone the identity of the client, nor shall USLW reveal to anyone any information from which the client\’s identity, concerns or interests could be inferred. The intent of this paragraph is to protect the client\’s information to the same extent that the Hiring Firm protects it when sharing it with attorneys, paralegals or other staff employed by the Hiring Firm in the ordinary course of representing the client. USLW\’s obligations under this paragraph shall survive the term of the project identified in this agreement and shall continue indefinitely.

Now, I think that pretty well covers the issue, but if in a given case you want some additional language, I\’m happy to discuss it. I want to do whatever is necessary so that you, and your clients, have no concerns on the matter of confidentiality.

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