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word creator, but she did not
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This will happen more and more as law
offices tech up without planning. Call the
different vendors for any programs she
used, because some of them may be web-based and accessible on other devices.
There may be some permissions issues
and proof you need to supply to those
vendors to show you are legitimately trying to access this lawyer’s files for beneficial purposes.
If there are files saved on the actual
devices, take them to a computer security expert who could determine what
would need to be done and hopefully
access the data. Different levels of password protection have varying levels of
security and ability to recover from. In
some circumstances, it is just a BIOS or
CMOS password and your computer consultant could remove a small battery to
reset the settings, or she could take out
the hard drive and hook it up to another
machine, or run a password crack against
it to open it up. The computer security
person might be able to “break into” the
computer and access most or all of the
information. Similarly, you may need to
prove your colleague is deceased and
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