There are some things that are sacred in my book, what are sacred in your book?
As well as what are your thoughts about this subject?
Just to give you a background this post was inspired by a dinner conversation I had tonight. I understand about the fact that Catholic Priests keep secrets what they have learned in confession and go to the grave with it, without disclosing any of it. I know Attorneys take clients and cases and they never disclose the discussions they had with their clients as well as the material facts that they are aware of, due to attorney client privilege. As Realtors we know thing that are pertinent to a sale, but we are not allowed to disclose due to our fiduciary relationship with our clients. This has been engrained to me all my life. Needless to say, I have learned and accepted this as a way of life.
After we left Communist Hungary, I was surrounded by Catholics when I was growing up. I went to a Catholic Grammar School as well as a Catholic High School. I was even an Altar Boy, anyway you get the idea. There was something called “confession” you went to this cubicle and the Catholic priest listened to your sins and gave you certain punishment to forgive you for your sins and off you went. Knowing you were free, and he could not tell anyone, because he took an oath. Kings in the middle ages would confess all their sins before they were about to die to assure themselves, that that they would not descend to hell and would go the heaven instead. The priests, Bishops who ever heard these confessions could not share with the world.
As I got older, I found out that Attorneys have a similar oath like priests. It is called ‘Attorney Client Privilege’. There are certain things you tell your attorney with the full understanding that it will not be disclosed, due to a client attorney relationship, hence you feel open and comfortable in sharing such information.
Having lived with Diane who has worked for attorneys even before I knew her, but I can attest to that in the past 24 years she has always taken this concept seriously. There were times I knew she was involved with confidential, sensitive and possibly explosive information, I tried to pick her brains, she would tell me. Then to boot she would let me know in no uncertain terms, not to ask and harass her about it, because she could not disclose it. I was always impressed by how serious she took her relationship. I would tease her, look I will not tell anyone, how long have you known me, and the list went on, but she would not….
As a Realtor in Beverly Hills I have represented clients whose names and situations I can not disclose, but they were well known. Then there were others who were not well known but their backgrounds were colorful at best. The buyers and sellers had material facts information that would have made the negotiation totally different had I shared some of the information, but I understood my fiduciary relationship and could not disclose.
So, with that said how do you feel about this concept? Do you agree? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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