Sample Document Destruction Policy

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on January 21, 2014. Voluminous paper and electronic files are not just a hassle to store and manage, but keeping files beyond your ethical obligation to do so can actually be troublesome. You need to know the rules applicable in your state and[…]

Social Media, Judges, and Lawyers

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on June 5, 2013. Judges are on social media, making their online profiles prime targets for lawyers looking to know more about the triers of fact. Lawyers must be careful, though, not to step across the line to unethical conduct when using social media to[…]

Trust Accounting Basics

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 4, 2014. Managing trust accounts – handling other people’s money – is one of the most sensitive things lawyers do, and one of the most common sources of ethical violations. You must know the rules. Common Rules Every state has its[…]

Virginia Bar Takes Aim at Avvo

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on October 31, 2017. On Friday, October 27, 2017, Virginia Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics voted to send Legal Ethics Opinion 1885 to the Supreme Court for Adoption. LEO 1885 addresses third-party platforms offering legal services on a flat fee basis. While it could[…]

How to Keep Your Client Safe From Solicitation

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 10, 2014. Some of the most fundamental rules governing the ethics of lawyers relate to attorney advertising. Don’t over-promise in your ads, include basic disclaimers, and never offer your services to someone you know is already represented. Related: Law Firm Website: Is Your[…]

Practical Advice for Taking Better Notes

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on November 2, 2015. A file of complete and thorough notes is gold when you have to detail your work for an ethics or malpractice claim, to work through a billing dispute, to transfer a file to another lawyer, to prepare a declaration in support[…]

Earned Fees & Unearned Fees: Handling a Mixed Check

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 30, 2014. Handling client funds correctly is critical to the success of your law practice, not only for business reasons but for ethical ones. It is essential to properly handle a check which contains a mix of fund types.   Related: Billing to[…]

Astroturfing to Technethics, the New Vocabulary of Legal Ethics

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 25, 2013. Ethics blogs and journalists spend a lot of time writing about new technology and how it impacts the world of legal ethics. All this writing spawned a new vocabulary. It can get very wordy to describe something without a name, particularly[…]

Using Social Media During Jury Trials

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 2, 2014. Most of us only know enough about jury selection to figure out how to get bounced from a potential jury. Lawyers who work in jury selection, though, know its ins and outs and have a new tool to consider: social media.[…]

Government Spying on Privileged Communications

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on June 12, 2013. With the revealed intel that the U.S. government collected phone and internet usage information from millions of Americans for years, what steps must attorneys take to safeguard the attorney-client privilege?   News reports broke the story that the government exercised authority[…]