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“Reasonable Efforts” to Protect Client Information From Cybersecurity Risks

A frequent subject of Ethics Hotline calls is what a lawyer can/must do to protect confidential client information from cybersecurity risks.  In 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court amended W.R.P.C. 1.6 (client confidentiality) to add subpart (c): “A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the unintended disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.”

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Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity

I have represented an elderly client for several years regarding estate planning issues.  Recently, she seems to be slipping.  She has asked me to make some changes to her estate planning documents that don’t really make sense.  I fear that she is being unduly influenced by one of her adult children.  I know that Rule 1.2 requires me to abide by my client’s directives with respect to the objectives of the representation.  What are my options?

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