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Can an attorney force you to turn over emails and text

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Can an attorney force you to turn over emails and text messages without a court order signed by a judge?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Florida

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No I received a cease and desist order stating I must turn over my emails and text messages

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The case is a divorce between my ex husband and his current wife

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Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

Under the rules of discovery, if you are a party to the case and a request for production is made to you for the emails, no court order is required. If you are not a party to the case, as it seems you are not, then they must serve you a subpoena for the records they are seeking and you do not need to voluntarily hand them over.

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