Legal-Advice Exception Law and Legal Definition

Legal-advice exception refers to the rule that an attorney may withhold as privileged the client’s identity and information regarding fees. Legal-advice exception is only applicable, if there is a strong probability that disclosing the information would implicate the client in the criminal activity for which the attorney was consulted.

Legal-advice exemption is an exemption contained in open meetings legislation, permitting a governmental body to meet in closed session to consult with ts attorney about certain matters. In Dietz v. Doe, 131 Wn.2d 835 (Wash. 1997), it was held that the legal-advice exception, which bars disclosure where the person invoking the privilege can show that a strong probability exists that disclosure of such information would implicate that client in the very criminal activity for which legal advice was sought.