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New Proposed Rule for Self Reporting

The newly proposed rules regarding trust accounting are designed to better protect the public by facilitating the early detection of theft and internal errors in attorney…more

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Conflict Waivers: When Clients Change Their Mind

In a prior blog, we discussed how to draft an effective written conflict waiver.  You may recall that an effective waiver, at a minimum, should…more

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Conflict Waivers: When are they Enforceable?

I must apologize first for posing a question in the title of this blog that doesn’t have a definitive answer. I can give you some tips…more

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New Standard for Direct Mail Solicitations

If you use targeted direct mail to advertise your legal services in North Carolina, you may already know that Rule 7.3(c), the direct mail solicitation…more

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Your Avvo Profile: To Claim or Not to Claim

Have you claimed your Avvo profile yet? If you have, there are some ethics issues you should be aware of, and if you haven’t, you…more

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What’s My Line? – Your LinkedIn Endorsements

Unlike the game show “What’s My Line” from the 1960’s where celebrity panelists had to guess the occupation of contestants by asking a series of questions, you don’t…more

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Are You Checking Your LinkedIn Endorsements?

At its last quarterly meeting, the Ethics Committee adopted a proposed opinion about the propriety of making and accepting both invitations to connect and endorsements…more

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Social Media Ethics: Part 2

At its last quarterly meeting, the State Bar Ethics Committee decided that competent representation includes advice about a client’s social media postings to the extent they are relevant…more

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Clarity is Key

As lawyers, we like to think we excel in communicating our thoughts, ideas and arguments to others.  Yet sometimes, we forget that it is important…more

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Are You a Good Boss?

One of the fundamental principles in running a successful law practice is being a good leader.  Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I a good…more

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