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March 2016 , Page 26 

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The Scope and Limitations of the Kovel Accountant

By Martin A. Schainbaum

Attorney-Client Privilege

Dating back to the early common law, the attorney-client privilege is the most sacred privilege in the legal system. The U.S. Supreme Court has declared that the “purpose [of the attorney-client privilege] is to encourage full and frank communication between attorneys and their clients and thereby promote broader public interests in the observance of law and administration of justice.”1 Moreover, “[t]he privilege recognizes that sound legal advice or advocacy serves public ends and that such advice or advocacy depends upon the lawyer’s being fully informed by the client.”2 

In today’s sophisticated and evolving financial world, which includes complex tax laws and regulations, it is extremely challenging for an attorney to maintain proficiency in his or her specific areas of legal expertise and also acquire competency in economics and accounting. The highly skilled criminal defense attorney may know his or her way around the courtroom, have

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