What Can You Say About Your SuperLawyer Or Other Rating?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lawyer advertising cannot be false, deceptive or misleading. Most jurisdictions consider deceptive or misleading, communications that compare an attorney’s services with other attorneys’ services unless the comparison can be factually substantiated. (see, e.g., Georgia Rule 7.1(a)(3)). In light of that general rule, can lawyers publicize their Super Lawyers or other lawyer rating? If so, is […]

Communicating With Potential Witnesses On Social Media

Last week, I discussed researching jurors via social media. Another area that lawyers may consider using social media for is to locate and/or research potential witnesses in a case. Some of the same concepts that apply to jurors apply to witnesses, but lawyers are not per se prohibited from actually communicating with witnesses, as they […]

Researching Jurors On Social Media

When trying a case, the more you know the better off you usually are. Information about jurors is no exception. As trial lawyers know, the amount of information one is able to obtain about potential jurors is limited (by time, by scope of questioning allowed, by juror honesty). In today’s world, it makes perfect sense […]

What Do You Do If Your Client Dies During Representation?

[vc_row type=”vc_default”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Imagine this: You’ve been hired by a client to represent them, but during the representation, the client dies. Now what?  Attorney-client relationship The attorney-client relationship is an agency relationship, in which the client is the principal and the attorney is the agent. Typically, the death of a client terminates the attorney-client agency relationship, and […]

Social Media Endorsements, Recommendations, Reviews: What You Need To Know

Most social media sites allow users to receive and post likes, endorsements, recommendations, reviews, and comments. Having such posts on your profiles can provide social proof and evidence of your abilities as a lawyer. Clearly, lawyers are responsible for all content they post on their social media profiles. But what about posts by other users? […]

Social Media Use: Is It Advertising or Soliciting Under the Ethics Rules?

I’m going to answer like a lawyer: “It depends.” Here are the basic principles: If an attorney uses a social media account strictly for personal purposes, then advertising and soliciting rules probably don’t apply. (See, e.g., Florida) For accounts, profiles, unsolicited communications, or posts made primarily for the purpose of retention of the lawyer or […]

What To Do If Your Client Disappears

[vc_row type=”vc_default”][vc_column][vc_column_text]In another post, we discussed what lawyers should do if their client dies during representation. So what about if  your client goes AWOL? As an agent of the client, a lawyer can only act via the authority given by the client. If the client is not available to authorize the lawyer, then what should the […]

The Ethics Of Virtual Law Offices

[vc_row type=”vc_default”][vc_column][vc_column_text]A virtual law office (VLO) can be defined a number of different ways. For some, it may be a traditional legal delivery model, but performed primarily out of a home or shared office space. For others, it may be non-traditional legal model that services clients solely through the internet. Or perhaps it is some […]

Testimonials: How can lawyers use them?

  Social proof is a powerful and well-documented phenomenon and is frequently used to great effect by businesses of all type to obtain customers and clients. One social proof technique is the use of client testimonials. Most jurisdictions explicitly allow attorneys to use client testimonials in some form or fashion. However, certain restrictions, prohibitions, and […]

Law Firm Website Domain Names: What Can You Use?

[vc_row type=”vc_default”][vc_column][vc_column_text]By now, just about every law firm has a website. (If you know a firm that does not, please bring them into the 21st century.)  A website is designated by a domain address, otherwise known as an Internet Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”). For many reasons (marketing, availability, etc.), a law firm may want to […]