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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Respect Client Confidentiality and Advertising Rules When Crafting Online Bios

Almost all attorneys have some sort of presence online, be it through professional networking sites such as LinkedIn or their law firms. Most law firms do indeed publish a bio for each attorney they employ, typically covering their education, practice areas, and any prior experience they may have. Online bios are nothing out of the ordinary, but an attorney’s management of their bio does pose certain risks that they should…

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Legal Malpractice Claims and Common Defenses

While some mistakes may typically be at issue in a legal malpractice claim, there is generally no such things as a typical legal malpractice claim. Legal malpractice claims are usually very fact intensive and as such, even when the facts appear straightforward, more often than not there are unique circumstances which dictate whether a lawyer will actually be found liable. What’s more, since legal malpractice claims may appear to be…

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Avoid Risks When Dealing with Contract Lawyers

Even if contract lawyers are a huge value for law firms if used properly, there are some risks that law firms may not always consider. Many of them use contract lawyers, either to give a helping hand with work overload on a daily basis or assisting with large document reviews for one single matter. These firms may also use contract lawyers to help meet short-term staffing needs with none of…

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Joint Defense Agreements and What Lawyers Should Know About Them

In many cases, a transaction, litigation, or business dispute can involve several parties, each with different attorneys but the same interests. As such, each party may wish to communicate with the others on issues of planning or strategy without risking the waiver of any privileges or immunities. In this case, clients and counsel can benefit from the courts’ options and they can share a joint defense or common interest privilege….

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Tips for Avoiding Risks as Replacement Counsel

When things don’t go as planned in a lawsuit, clients may choose to hire replacement counsel. Unfortunately for the new lawyer stepping in, they may be walking into a pretty tense and difficult situation. As opposed to the beginning of a representation, replacement counsel may find that there is little to no grace period for them to evaluate the case and come up with an appropriate strategy. By the time…

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Potential Risks to Be Aware of When Valuing Claims

When hiring attorneys, clients may not only expect them to have knowledge of any relevant legal procedures but to also provide counsel regarding the risks and possible outcomes of a matter. In the case of litigators, it may mean that the client expects an evaluation of their potential liability or recovery in connection with a lawsuit. In most litigations, settlement is usually at least considered at some point or another,…

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A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media: Keeping It Professional

Social media allows everyone to instantly share whatever they’re thinking with the world but given the many heated issues we face every day, we can sometimes lose ourselves in it all and post something in anger or passion, which may lead to regrets down the road. Things become especially difficult for attorneys, who may sometimes view their presence on social media websites to be in a personal capacity. The reality,…

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