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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New Litigation Settlements Tax, Legal Fees No Longer Deductible

Beginning with January 1st, 2018, some changes to the tax code have changed how settlements are taxed and many plaintiffs will now be taxed on their gross recoveries, while attorney fees will no longer be deductible. For example, a plaintiff who settles for $100,000 will be taxed on that amount, regardless if they pay their lawyers $40,000 or more. In cases with bigger recoveries, the situation can look a lot…

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Useful Career Tips for Law Firm Associates

Associates working in a law firm may often times feel like they are serving two masters: their law firm and their obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct. Associates have a unique roll; they sometimes bear the weight of completing different legal services under the supervision and direction of the law firm’s partners or other senior attorneys. They don’t yet have any clients of their own, but they are honing…

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What to Know Before Investing in a Client

Attorneys that have been representing corporate entities for long periods of time can sometimes become like family. Attorneys typically offer their expertise in the form of legal advice and guidance to their corporate clients, and this may help the clients meet their business and economic goals. As time passes, attorneys may start celebrating the nonlegal success of their clients. It’s becoming more common for attorneys to financially invest in their…

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Quick Tips for How to Talk to the Media During Litigation

One of the best features of our legal system is that the courts are open to the public. Case materials become public record so that society as a whole can stay informed of developments that have an impact on their daily lives. A result of this is that high-profile litigation may reach the front pages of newspapers and in some cases create a whole media firestorm. Even though the public…

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