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Discuss lawyers' professional responsibility and legal malpractice issues.
How does LinkedIn figure out confidential client info?
I visited LinkedIn for the first time in a few months. On the LinkedIn "people you may know" connections page, it suggests that I connect with clients and opposing counsel.
I signed up for LinkedIn with my personal email, which is my contact emai…
Billing Clients for Ruby?
I have recently started using Ruby Receptionists, and they are as advertised—pretty awesome. However, they are a cost expense just like a real receptionist albeit a cheaper one. Looking at the call list, my first thought was "I could bill for this."…
Where is your ethical stopping point?
Lisa brought up an issue today that I think would make for an interesting conversation to have with our readers: Where is your ethical stopping point?
Each practice area has its own collection of questionable practices. Consider the recent exampl…
Paypal & IOLTA
i'm going to be accepting credit cards through MyCase. All fees and chargebacks will be from my operating accounting. My assistant suggested we try to do paypal also. I'm really not familiar with paypal. Can paypal be set up to work with IOLTA …
How to Say No
I'm struggling a bit saying no to new clients.
I spend a lot of time helping people, allowing them to get a free consult and then "30 minutes to review the file and write a letter to [whomever]"
This is mostly because it's semi-worth it, and i…
Retainer Agreement- Legal Fees
I was looking over your sample agreement you posted back in 2010 on the website. I had a quick question regarding your fee. For your legal fee, you state that the money will not be put into a trust account and that the first 500 is immediate…
It Should Be Unethical to Go Without Laptop Encryption
If you aren't encrypting your laptop, you are committing malpractice. According to me. As far as I know, there is no ethical authority that agrees with me, but they should. Here's why.
Encrypting a laptop is now trivial. Seriously. Here is how to…
Google Helpouts: Is it Ethical to Split Fees with Google?
I noticed the launch of Helpouts, but I didn't take the time to look at the new service until Jeff Taylor wrote about it at The Droid Lawyer. Basically, it's a marketplace for experts. People can ask for help with everything from playing guitar to c…
Things that won't get you disbarred: lying to the court
A New York woman tripped on the street across from a church, but changed her story when her lawyers told her there was more money in suing churches than homeowners. They pulled the client's statements from the file and hired another lawyer to handle…
Credit Cards and IOLTA...time lag
We have signed up with the credit card processor that is integrated with MyCase, Paypros. We have already had problems with them in terms of them improperly taking money out of the IOLTA account. We shall see if that gets resolved ASAP and we may …
Friending clients on Facebook
In my otherwise-provocative Facebook post on Saturday, I wrote that "If you need Facebook to stay in touch with your clients and former clients, youre doing it wrong." I didn't think this part was particularly provocative. Keeping in touch with cli…
Use your bar's ethics hotline!
I'd like to encourage people to use their local ethics hotline as a resource. So please share your success stories to help inspire others to reach out to this valuable resource.
I gotta potential client that wants me to sign a non disclosure agreement before we discuss his "super secret" new business idea. Don't really want to sign any NDA agreements for an initial meeting. Doesn't atty/client privilege cover this even if …
I recently came across an attorney website that was advertising a 10% off deal. It stated that if you paid the attorney fee in full and mentioned the ad, you would get a 10% discount on the fee.
I have never seen this before on an attorney website…
Dual IL/WI CLE
Does anyone know a good way to satisfy my Illinois and Wisconsin CLE requirements with the same programming (i.e. the hours will count to satisfy both requirements ? If I really wanted to push paperwork, I could apply for approval of hours from WISB…
Contingent Fees / Recovery of Attorneys' Fees
I would like to structure an fee agreement as follows:
1. In the case of recovery, I take a small contingent fee.
2. If attorney fees are awarded, I get paid for the time expended at my hourly rate.
3. If attorney fees are not awarded, I don't ge…