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Pandemic Estate Planning: Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney

Maybe you're young and healthy, but you're unnerved by all that's happening. Maybe you can't get your hands on a cloth or N95 mask and you need to do something to feel a little better. Or maybe you're one of the alarmingly many who are facing economic uncertainty and you want some planning in place to control your increasing anxiety. In any event, here are two things you can do right now to calm your mind.

Don't Let Your Business Catch The Coronavirus

By now, most of us have had our fill of hearing about the Coronavis ("Covid -19"). Social distancing, shelter in place orders, and a free-falling stock market have caused most of us to learn more about this little virus. No doubt it will cause extraordinary loss in terms of life and have a massive economic impact never seen before in our lifetimes. But are you and your business ready for it?

Estate Planning Is Still Possible During the Pandemic

These are unusual times, that much is certain. Everything has unimaginably changed in the last two weeks. It is awfully hard not to be acutely aware of the news, conflicting data, and general pandemic panic. Let us help you channel that COVID-19 anxiety (or denial) into something productive.

Authentication: Self-Authentication Methods

The federal rules of evidence recently changed specifically with the goal of modifying the authenticity requirements for certain ESI. Specifically, Fed. R. Evid. 902(13) and 902(14) were added to Rule 902 (the rule on self-authenticating documents), and these sections read as follows:

Minnesota Legal Ethics: Is it ok to Friend your Enemy?

Is it ok to friend your enemy in litigation? Probably not, if you're the lawyer. Remember, if you can't communicate directly with a represented party in real life, you also can't communicate through social media, e.g., requesting that they add you as a "friend." See Minn. R. Prof. Cond. 4.2. The rule reads as follows:

Trial Practice: Federal Privacy Considerations in the Age of ESI

As part of the e-discovery process, keywords can be used to search hard drives, e-mail storage, thumb drives, discs and servers. Keywords can be useful in identifying potentially relevant documents. But practitioners should be aware-particularly when permitting searches within their own systems-that privacy issues beyond the scope of the litigation may be implicated. Privacy concerns arise in the medical field, and in employment law, to name just two. Practitioners must be aware of the law that applies to their clients. Protective orders help to preserve privacy, but practitioners should also be aware of the laws that protect privacy in any database being searched. Competent representation requires this. Minn. R. Prof. Cond. 1.1 (2018).

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