Like many lawyers, you and your law firm have worked hard to build a great reputation. Yet in today’s world, information travels farther and faster than ever before, causing many to be concerned about the rising risk of reputational damage. Moreover, when it comes to unexpected publicity or press inquiries, lawyers and law firms are often unsure how best to respond —
Imagine you have just discovered that a former client with past-due legal fees has posted an inaccurate and negative review of your firm on a popular social media site. They tagged your business page in the post and people are commenting and sharing the post. What should you do?
Many people’s first instinct is to act to defend themselves from these online mischaracterizations.
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According to the latest research, a lot of lawyers are now using social media for career and client development,1 and you might be one of them.
As social media becomes a key means of communication and advertising within the legal field, you and your firm have a unique responsibility. Ethics committees are turning more attention to what lawyers are posting online, but this
For a lawyer, there is nothing worse than the gnawing feeling something at the office is not quite right. Why hasn’t my client returned my phone calls? Did I file that brief on time? Why is my client late paying their bill?
It is inevitable that you will make a professional mistake at some point during your career. Once you realize an error
More and more, scammers are targeting lawyers by sending forged emails to law firms, clients and financial institutions. These wire fraud scams typically involves a compromised email account, which can be the lawyer’s, the client’s or even the bank’s. Scammers monitor the account to uncover pending transactions, such as a real estate purchase, a loan or the settlement of a lawsuit.
Withdrawing from a case usually comes from irreconcilable differences between attorney and client. The manner and means of terminating that relationship can affect the likelihood that a malpractice claim will be presented.
First, know and follow the procedures applicable in your jurisdiction. Many states, like California, provide in their own Rules of Professional Conduct when withdrawal is mandatory and when it is permissive.
Avoid creating confidentiality through a firm website
Law firm websites are designed to be helpful, but they are also designed to generate business. As a result, many law firms share information about the firm, its attorneys and ways to contact their company. In the contact section, the firm may ask individuals to provide their name, contact information and a brief description of their
Do I really need Malpractice Insurance?
Do you wonder if you really need legal malpractice insurance when you open your law practice? Even if your practice is small and you are extremely diligent in your work or you work in an area where ‘everyone knows everyone’ and you believe that your clients would never sue you, consider the following:
- An estimated 4-17% of