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‘Legal Ethics’

Legal Ethics – Check Your iOS 8 Privacy Settings

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Lawyers (and other professionals) have ethical obligations to reasonably know about the technology they use — and ensure that communications are confidential and protected. This article from the December 2014 Palm Beach Bar Journal explains a dozen privacy settings for your iPhone or iPad which should increase your security.

Can a Law Firm Operate ONLY in the Cloud?

Can a lawyer operate a pure internet-only “virtual law firm” where counsel never speaks or meets with the client face-to-face? The California State Bar recently issued opinion 2012-184 saying that virtual law offices (“VLO’s”) are acceptable with some considerations. The hypothetical setting is that clients would sign up for transactional, probate, and family law assistance… Read More

Smart Lawyers, Dumb Passwords

Do you use passwords such as “password,” “loveyou,” or 1234567?  Apparently most of us do.  Even if you have a pretty good password plan for multiple Internet accounts, check out this month’s article, “Smart Lawyers, Dumb Passwords” in the Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin (April 2011).

Florida Paralegal Ethics

Thanks to the Paralegal Association of Florida for inviting me to speak at their 2010 Fall Seminar in West Palm Beach. The powerpoint can be found here or using the link under “Materials” on the right column of this website. The free legal ethics iPhone app is here.

Florida JEAC Opinion Allows Judicial Assistants to “Facebook Friend” Lawyers

We previously mentioned the infamous? Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinion 2009-20 which prohibits a judge from “friending” lawyers who appear before the court.  That’s so 2009. The next logical question for judicial social networking policies has arrived: does this apply to the JA? Yes, at least in part.  A judicial assistant can friend lawyers who appear… Read More