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Bevan v. Fix
Wyoming Supreme Court
42 P.3d 1013 (Wyo. 2002)
Steven Bevan (plaintiff) hired attorney William Fix (defendant) to represent him on a charge of criminal battery for family violence against Bevan’s then-girlfriend Jenni Jones. Fix’s representation of Bevan in that matter culminated in a plea agreement. Two years later, Bevan and Jones were married. However, the parties’ marriage was unsuccessful. Jones, represented by Fix, filed a complaint for divorce from Bevan. Later that year, Fix withdrew from representing Jones because he had begun a sexual relationship with her. The divorce was eventually finalized. Bevan filed suit against Fix for legal malpractice. The trial court granted summary judgment to Fix concluding that Fix owed no duty of care to Bevan because their attorney-client relationship had ended years before Fix initiated his representation of Jones. Additionally, the trial court found that Bevan had presented no evidence regarding any damages he sustained or injury as a result of Fix representing his ex-wife. Bevan appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lehman, C.J.)
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