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An Indiana Ethics Opinion That May Kill Legal Start Ups

April 14, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Via the Legal Profession Blog, comes a recent Indiana ethics decision reprimanding a lawyer who’d practiced 41 years without incident for participating Law Tigers , a site that helps members of the public find a motorcycle attorney.  Trouble is, in pursuit of a single Tiger that may purportedly cause harm to the public, the Indiana […]

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Dewey Really Want to Say That Crowdfunding Is Unethical Fee Splitting? The Biglaw/SmallLaw Double Standard

March 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in May 2013, Findlaw blogger William Peacock posted about Upstart, a  crowd funding site where “backers” provide money to new graduates, who pledge to repay the funds through a percentage of future income for a term of five or ten years. Upstart and similar crowd funding platforms might potentially offer an innovative solution to […]

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Legal Subscription Services, Revisited: Ethics Edition

February 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Legal subscription services go by many names: prepaid legal, toll bridge agreements, outside general counsel plans, Legal Counsel Services or lawyer-on-retainer.  Essentially, a subscription service is a catch-all for a business model where users pay for ongoing access to a product or service. In any event, legal subscription services have been around for a long time; […]

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What’s In A Trade Name? Legal Ethics Considerations.

February 6, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

There are plenty of reasons for a law firm to use a trade name.  Trade names can communicate your firm’s concentration or what’s unique about your practice more effectively and directly than a surname.  For lawyers starting out as pure solo, a trade name makes it less immediately obvious that there’s just one lawyer in […]

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