Navy Attorneys May|Act for Suicidal Clients

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Department of the Navy allows an attorney practicing under the Judge Advocate General to disclose a client’s condition when the attorney reasonably believes that a client has diminished capacity and is at risk of substantial physical harm to him or herself unless immediate action is taken, according to a new Navy regulation.

     The attorney may consult with those who have the ability to take action to protect the client, and the attorney may reveal information to the extent reasonably necessary to protect the client’s interests.
     The update aligns the Navy’s policy with the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct on “Client with Diminished Capacity”.
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