Attorney Advertising – New Ethical Rules

As is common in any other industry, lawyers are constantly on the lookout for new tactics to attract business and build their reputations. These days, technology can help lawyers target potential clients and promote their services in new and creative ways. It’s important to remember, however, that advertising as a lawyer is by no means an “anything goes” type of matter. Lawyers must respect several ethical rules which limit what…

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Lawyers Need to Know About the ABA’s Changes to Attorney Advertising Rules

Practicing law is essentially a business, and as one aspect of this business, most lawyers and law firms engage in marketing and advertising to increase their market share or get new clients. In the age of social media, though, the ethical rules that govern advertising can sometimes be strict and hard to understand. The ABA recently approved a series of changes to Model Rules 7.1 through 7.2, which are the…

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Quick Guide to Maintaining Confidentiality Online

It’s well understood that one of the most important duties a lawyer has towards their clients is maintaining their confidentiality. As per the ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6, “[a] lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client unless the client gives informed consent, the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation or the disclosure is permitted [by specific exceptions identified…

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Legal Opinions and Potential Ethical Issues

Picture this: a client asks their attorney to provide them with their legal opinion on the matter. It’s something that seems pretty straightforward and common, but depending on the circumstances, there may be unexpected ethical issues that could arise even in connection with an apparently simple legal opinion. When an attorney is asked to evaluate a matter, knowing that their evaluation will then be shared with third-parties, it represents a…

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