How Many Lawyers Bought Followers from Sites Like Devumi?

Turns out that social media is far from the madding crowd  that it’s cracked up to be. A study last year found that 48 million Twitter accounts and 60 may be bots run by computers, while Facebooks own disclosures pegged its number of phony accounts at a whopping 270 million . Most of those fake accounts…

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Are Solos Still Being Told Not to Use Social Media?

The above insert comes from a recent “Practice Insight” from my malpractice insurer, CNA.  Though I’ve been a satisfied CNA customer for 16 years (I moved to CNA post- 9/11 when the D.C. Bar’s “preferred provider” that I’d used for several years prior closed up shop), this advice troubles me: are we still cautioning solos…

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Ethics Ruling Drives Clients Into the Arms of Legal Zoom

Via Michael Frish of the Legal Profession Blog comes another stupid ethics decision destined to put the kibosh on unbundled legal services and drive clients straight into the arms of Legal Zoom. Briefly, the sad facts. The lawyer who is the subject of the ethics decision is a solo practitioner serving the Polish community in…

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Thanks, ABA Ethics Committee for Yet Another Ethics Opinion That Makes Life Harder for Solos and Smalls and Our Clients

Another day, another stupid  legal  ethics ruling. This one – ABA Formal Opinion 475: Safeguarding Fees That Are Subject to Division With Other Counsel , released last week – seems innocuous enough, not to mention dull as dishwater. But like so many ethics decisions, Formal Opinion 475 elevates form over substance to the detriment of many…

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