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NYC Bar Says Attys Must Tell Clients If Docs Get Destroyed

Law360, October 2, 2015

NYC Bar Says Attys Must Tell Clients If Docs Get Destroyed

New York City attorneys are obligated to tell clients if files relating to ongoing matters have been destroyed in an accident or disaster, or if the situation resulted in their confidential information being compromised, according to a recent ethics opinion. The New York City Bar Association determined that attorneys must notify their past or current clients if files containing their information are accidentally destroyed or compromised during an unforeseen event, and in some cases, they even need to take steps to reconstruct the file.

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