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Waiver of Attorney-client Privilege in Corporate Chapter 7 Cases

Published June 7, 2014 by Sasser Law Firm

When a corporation is a chapter 7 debtor a trustee is appointed by the court to act on behalf of the bankruptcy estate. The chapter 7 trustee has the power to waive the attorney-client privilege with regards to communications that occurred with the prior management of the debtor and the attorney for the corporation. An officer of a corporation that might land in chapter 7 may want to be mindful of the power to waive as he or she interacts with the attorney for the corporation. The power to waive the attorney-client privilege is not applicable in a case where an individual is the debtor.

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