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How is confidentiality handled by an Italian lawyer?
It is not uncommon for foreign private individuals to have a legal or fiscal issue connected to the Italian system and most times the problem can only be addressed by appointing an Italian lawyer.
In doing so many queries and worries can arise concerning the relationship and the kind of information that can be disclosed with an Italian lawyer. Confidentiality issues are more than normal when appointing a foreign professional that will be dealing with private information and data.
It should be noted that apart from all the privacy norms and regulations that apply to all professionals when dealing with personal information, Italian lawyers are also bound to follow their ethical code of conduct which also sets many confidentiality rules.
When appointing an Italian lawyer the first thing this same will do is to double check the existence of any conflict of interest i.e. it is necessary, even before appointing the lawyer, to disclose the name/s of the parties and a brief summary of the matter to make sure there is no conflict of interest for the professional in handling the case. Once the lawyer has cleared up any doubts about the existence of any conflict issue, so as to guarantee a correct case assessment it is wise to disclose all information concerning the matter. For civil cases, all details, personal information and facts will be private and confidential under Italian law, so the lawyer can safely be confided all the relevant facts, fears, worries and uncertainties. Italian lawyers are now required, under National law, to provide a written estimate of fees and costs concerning the case and, as for confidentiality aspects, they are also required to provide details on who will be handling both the case and all personal data, as established by the GDPR.
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