RI Divorce Lawyers Have to Protect Their Clients from Technology!
April 30, 2012
Is your greatest enemy your spouse in your divorce?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Is your greatest evil in your RI Divorce your spouse's attorney?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Is your greatest enemy in your divorce you and your own emotions?
That could be but most likely it's not.
What many people are finding is their greatest enemy is their own technology devices!!!
Smart phones, Cel phones, iPhones, iPads, Tablets, Androids, the Kindle Fire and other technology devices, including computers and wireless networks are coming under fire in all kinds of legal cases including Rhode Island divorces.
Is it possible or not? Did you know?
1) Did you know that everything you do on your computer can be recorded and sent to your spouse or anyone your spouse may designate?
2) Did you know that your iPad or iTouch can take photographs of you and your spouse significant other or places you have been and if you post the picture anywhere on internet then anyone can find out where and when the photo was taken?
3) Did you know that your smartphone can be used as a GPS device to track your location 24/7 (or at least your phone's location)?
4) Did you know that your technology device can allow the microphone on your device to be a bug to listen to your conversations both during phone calls and even just when you are sitting there talking to a friend with it on a counter beside you?
5) Did you know that every text you send might be forwarded to someone else and your own text history can be watched in real-time?
6) Did you know that your celluar phone can be bugged and all your phone calls recorded simply by knowing your phone number?
Rhode Island divorce attorneys, old-fashioned or not, can no longer ignore the impact technology has both on their own computer networks and technology devices but also the impact it has on their clients.
Ignorance of these things might give cause for clients to have malpractice claims against RI Divorce lawyers depending upon how long and how widespread knowledge of these dangers have reached in the technological community.
Technology spying is quickly becoming an epidemic and both lawyers and their clients need to grasp very quickly that these things dangers exist.
It is possible that some less scrupulous lawyers might be using techniques themselves or suggesting that their clients use these technologies to gain the information they need to produce a winning (or leveraged) case.
Some of these technologies are so new that they are virtually untraceable but they sit in your hands day in and day out.
Ignorance of these things is no excuse. Lawyers need to be aware of them. Clients need to be aware of them. If a client screws things up after being advised of these dangers, then that falls on the client. Yet where does the blame fall if these things exist in divorce cases and clients are not advised of these dangers because we are too busy being lawyers, who look at laws and file typical paperwork in divorce cases? The law and the disciplinary committee here in Rhode Island have yet to speak on that subject. Do you want your lawyer to be the first case that is addressed?
The law has changed much more slowly than technology. Awareness needs to be brought to the forefront!
Whether you represent yourself or whether you have a lawyer, you need to know that technology is not necessarily your friend. It may well be your worst enemy or your client's worst enemy.
It is only by remaining informed and being aware of the dangers that we can take precautions for ourselves and our clients.
Did you know that if we as Rhode Island divorce lawyers by emailiing our clients back and forth we may be delivering both information and strategy to the opposing party.
Could these be by criminal acts? Perhaps. It depends upon how insidious the person using the technology has been. Sometimes loopholes in the law with allow them to do it legally.
In either case, whether legal or illegal, it doesn't stop the end result. Once you or your client is betrayed then the bell can't be unrung and the damage is done.
Some of this can not be traced so it's likely you can't even prove a crime even if there is one. Therefore, what are you going to do? Prevention is the only cure I know of at the moment.
All you can do is inform your client about these dangers and do everything you can to avoid their interception.
We are only ending April 2012 right now and already this year I have seen 4 cases involving this subject and a "breach of security" as I choose to call it.
So what are the best practices to use?
Has the attorney in your RI Divorce even mentioned these things?
Has your divorce lawyer belittled techology invasions? Technology is prevalent in our society today. Just about every other person driving a car or even children walking down the street have cellular phones.
Don't you think your attorney should advise you of the dangers if you have a computer, iPad, smart phone, Tablet, cel phone, GPS or other technology device so you can make important decisions about the risks you are willing to take?
PRIVACY IS OPTIONAL
I watched a video this afternoon as I learned how a 12 year old kid easily hack into his neighbors wireless WEP/WPA2 encrypted and password protected network in 12 minutes or less without the neighbor even knowing about it.
Does it scare you that all your private and confidential information held by your attorney might be accessible by a 12 year old kid on your lawyer's computer network?
Imagine what an adult with that information could do! Why did I see the video? The child was doing a tutorial on how anyone can do it and he showed you how. It put me into shock that this kind of content was easily available on the internet.
If it doesn't put you into shock and you are in a family law matter, then you need to call me now at 401-632-6976 so that you can get informed! This is not big! IT IS HUGE!! It is happening every day and is becoming as common as corporate espionage that might be used to obtain company trade secrets.
This information may save you divorce case AND protect you privacy! You don't get a second chance on something like this.
Once the information get's out, then it's out. You can't get it back and you may not be able to stop it if you don't act now. Don't become a victim!
It's only $145 for a one hour techno-legal advice session. Remember, when it comes to your privacy, you don't get a second chance! Call me now at (401) 632-6976.
All my Best to All Who Go Before the Rhode Island Family Court,
I am Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall and I am "The Rhode Island Divorce Coach."