Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Florida Bar’s Statewide Committee on Advertising has reversed in part and affirmed in part the recent Bar Staff Opinion on LinkedIn

Hello everyone and welcome to this update of my October 14, 2013 Ethics Alert which will discuss the decision of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising (SCA) today (October 29, 2013) regarding the 9/11/13 Florida Bar Advertising Staff Opinion.  … Continue reading

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The Florida Bar’s BOG Communications Committee considers the posting of records in pending lawyer disciplinary matters on the Bar’s website

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the article in the November 1, 2013 issue of The Florida Bar News about the issue of publicizing pending Bar disciplinary matters which was discussed by the Bar Board … Continue reading

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ABA ethics opinion states that lawyers may use Groupon-type websites to market legal services; however, there are “numerous difficult” ethics issues

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent American Bar Association formal ethics opinion which states that lawyers may market using Groupon type websites; however, there are “numerous difficult issues associated with prepaid deals, especially … Continue reading

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Ohio lawyer reprimanded for filing defamation action against wrong party without conducting investigation, failing to amend, and failing to respond to Bar complaint

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent Supreme Court of Ohio opinion reprimanding a lawyer for filing a defamation action against the wrong party without conducting an investigation, refusing to amend when advised of … Continue reading

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The Florida Bar’s Statewide Committee on Advertising has deferred consideration of informal opinion on Linkedin “Skills and Expertise” page until 10/29/13

Hello everyone and happy Columbus Day to you. This is an update of my 9/24/13 Ethics Alert blog which discussed September 11, 2013 Florida Bar Advertising Staff Opinion which states that Florida lawyers cannot list areas of practice on Linkedin.com … Continue reading

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New Florida Statutes §732.806, which is effective October 1, 2013, makes an improper gift to a lawyer in a will or other estate instrument void

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss new Florida Statutes §732.806, which is effective today, October 1, 2013.  The new statute provision makes an improper gift to a lawyer in an estate planning instrument void as … Continue reading

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