Ethics

Thinking about deleting your law firm website? Think again….

By at 21 September, 2015, 1:40 pm

Most lawyers forget that their websites are viewed by disciplinary¬†authorities as a form of client communications. Firms that update their website or delete it for whatever reason may run afoul of ethics rules if they do not maintain a copy of it. Anna Massoglia over at Lawyerist.com has a good post on this topic Deleting Your Website Can Come Back to Bite you in the Assets¬†. Some folks believe that since the Internet Archive Wayback Machine grabs snapshots of websites that they do not need to be concerned about this, but Anna’s article should disabuse you of this thought.

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Dropbox updates its TOS: Adds Government Data Requests Principals

By at 21 February, 2014, 11:09 am

Dropbox has a bit of a history when it comes to securing your information and who has access to it. Dropbox recently announced changes in its Terms of Service and its Privacy policy. The interesting piece of this to me is the Government Data Requests Principals in the Privacy Policy.

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Untagging yourself on Facebook

By at 10 December, 2012, 10:54 am

Great article from my friend Dan Pinnington at LawPRO in Toronto on How to untag yourself on Facebook (and why you might want to) . This is definitely something that all Facebook users need to understand and know how to do. As Dan says in his article:

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When You Go To Heaven, Will Your Digital Assets go to Hell??

By at 17 April, 2012, 10:36 am

As a lawyer, I always urged my clients to get their estate planning documents (wills, powers of attorney, trusts) in order and to update them on a regular basis. With the increased use of online banking, bill payment, email, etc. what will happen to these digital assets on your death? Will your significant other, agent, executor or trustee be able to access these assets and fulfill their due diligence requirements to the estate? Or will they face their own version of Hell because these assets were overlooked? Luckily, someone has thought about this and have shared their answer to this issue.

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Read ‘Avoiding ethical pitfalls with electronic documents’ co-authored with Bryan Sims

By at 19 July, 2010, 4:22 pm

The State Bar of Wisconsin has published a two part article I co-authored with Bryan Sims of The Connected Lawyer in the July editions of its InsideTrack e-newsletter. Titled ‘Avoiding ethical pitfalls with electronic documents’ , part 1 is on Metadata and part 2 is on Redaction.

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