Texas lawyers may communicate confidential information by e-mail

Texas Ethic Opinion 648

Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas



Communication of confidential information by email


Conclusion of the Committee:

“Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, and considering the present state of technology and email usage, a lawyer may generally communicate confidential information by email. Some circumstances, may, however, cause a lawyer to have a duty to advise a client regarding risks incident to the sending or receiving of emails arising from those circumstances and to consider whether it is prudent to use encrypted email or another form of communication.”

Rules: Texas Rules of Professional Conduct 1.05

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