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How I Built an Online DIY Ethics Defense Playbook

Virginia Bar Takes Aim at Avvo

While it could easily be read as “Avvo has been shot down by Virginia,” the opinion highlights a relatively small flaw in the business model and a map toward partial acceptance of those types of services.

5 Questions to Ask Before Taking a Deposition

Before you file your next deposition notice, ask yourself if the deposition is really necessary. If the answer is no and you take the deposition anyway, you are wasting time, driving up litigation costs, and perhaps even damaging your case.

Lawyer Referral Fees: Worth Paying?

Are referral fees a smart business practice or an ethical nightmare?

Making a List: The Conflicts Check

A conflicts check should be part of your intake process, because if you miss one, you could be subject to disqualification or even discipline.

Be Careful Choosing a VPN (Obviously)

When you choose a VPN provider, you are choosing to trust that provider with any unencrypted information you send over that VPN.

Lawyers, Airports, and Wi-Fi Security

These lawyers did good work under pressure. I don't want to take away from that. But the unfortunate reality is that someone may have been watching every keystroke.

How Accessible Is Your Law Firm Website?

Website accessibility—ensuring everyone can interact with your website, regardless of ability—is critical. Here's a primer on how to get started on ensuring your site is accessible.

Use Technology to Streamline Your Practice and Help You Stay Out of Ethics Trouble

There are many ways you can use technology to help keep your clients informed, make sure you don't miss an appointment, and get your billing done in a timely fashion. Here are some examples of how technology can assist you in complying with your ethics obligations.

What Can You Do When Your Office Goes Up In Flames?

How can your firm recover when all your files are burned to a crisp? Law Practice Confidential can help.

The Ethics of Ghostwriting for Pro Se Litigants

Ghostwriting is an effective way to provide assistance for a pro se litigant. However, jurisdictions differ on how much assistance triggers a duty to disclose that a lawyer has ghostwritten a pleading. Here is a guide to which states require what levels of disclosure.

Lawyer Videos That Push the Boundaries of Dignity and Good Taste

Zombie lawyers, puppet attorneys, and more make an appearance in this roundup of YouTube lawyer advertisements.

3 Social Media Ethics Traps to Avoid

Lawyers use social media in both a personal and professional capacity. Here are three social media ethics traps that you should work on avoiding.

Big Unanswered Questions on Big Data and Ethical Obligations

Big data is transforming the legal profession, but big ethical questions remain.