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Providing Ethical Online Legal Services to Your Clients

Many law firms are recognizing the importance of extending their brand online through the delivery of legal services over the Internet. Law firms are creating virtual law offices, participating in online marketplaces, answers questions online, subscribing to lead generation websites, and paying for advertising by the click. Yet the online delivery of legal services creates ethical pitfalls that need to be overcome if the firm is to remain ethically compliant and avoid professional liability.

Remaining ethically compliant requires an understanding of how the Rules of Professional Responsibility apply to the different kinds of online environments from creating a virtual law firm to participation in online directories, marketplace, and other online venues that generate client leads for law firms. Attorneys now have an ethical duty to understand the risks and benefits of using these technological tools and participating in online environments. This OnDemand Webinar is designed to help you make informed decisions about which online technologies are ethically compliant and the requirements for ethical compliance. This program will also discuss a methodology for conducting due diligence and a framework for complying with the rules of professional responsibility. The benefits of using Internet technologies to enhance law firm marketing, law firm productivity, and the client experience will also be covered.


Runtime: 87 minutes
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Agenda

Cloud Computing: Risks and Benefits

  • Ethically Compliant Cloud Computing Services
  • Conducting Due Diligence
  • Contract Requirements
  • Risks and Benefits

Ethical Considerations in Operating a Virtual Law Firm

  • What Is a "Virtual Law Firm"? What Are "Online Legal Services"?
  • Confidentiality Issues
  • Checking Conflicts of Interest
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Issues
  • Client Authentication Issues
  • Risks and Benefits

Offering Unbundled Legal Services Online

  • Competent Representation (Rule 1.1)
    • Limiting the Scope (Rule 1.2 (c))
    • Ghostwriting Pleadings (ABA Formal Opinion 07446 (2007)
  • The Limited Retainer Agreement
  • Risks and Benefits

Ethical Considerations in Participating Online Marketplaces

  • Participation in Lead Generation Sites
  • Participation in Questions and Answer Web Sites
  • Participation in Bidding Sites and Groupon
  • Risks and Benefits
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This course was last revised on March 14, 2013.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Richard S. Granat

Richard S. Granat

DirectLaw, Inc.

  • CEO/founder – DirectLaw, Inc., a virtual law firm platform provider
  • Co-chair eLawyering Task Force, American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section
  • Reporter, ABA Best Practices for legal information web sites
  • Partner, Granat Legal Services, P.C., one of the first virtual law firms in the U.S.
  • Named a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association Journal and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Bar Association for Innovation in the Delivery of Legal Services
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on eLawyering, unbundled online legal services, virtual law practice for the ABA and state bar associations
  • Member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association
  • J.D. degree, Columbia University School of Law; M.A. degree, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. degree, Lehigh University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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Product ID: 390726
Published 2013
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