Month: December 2017

An Approach for Attorneys and Clients In Dealing With Online Communications

ELFPI DTLA personal injury law building. Motorcycle accident specialists.
The Los Angeles commercial building where Ehline Law Firm at (213) 596-9642 is located.

Today we’re going to take a practical look at the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and their recommendations for communications. These are tips for attorneys new to the field or more experience. Regardless of your years in law, we have a few ideas for you.

Not every single bit of communication is the same, but offers an insight into some general rules. For the most part, attorneys should consider their messages, and:

  • The content of the message itself, including sensitive or private information. How are they organized?
  • The practicality of improving or introducing new email security standards.
  • The overall risk of this communication being intercepted or read by someone not authorized.
  • What is the impact your communications with all of your clients: large and small, routine and more involved.

As you can imagine, all of this put together is a bit of a puzzle for an attorney not specialized in web or comm security. In some instances, this means that the lawyer’s office hires outside help. However, in others, there are several key steps your firm acts on internally. Each one makes a key difference.

Taking Plaintive Steps

This is why the ABA and other organizations ask about the way data is handled. Also, many attorneys have no or just cursory training in these matters. However, you only have so much time or money. Consider the following:

  • Who handles your information? What is their info security training?
  • What is your email routing method? Does your site use https protocol?
  • Is sensitive data labeled or treated as such? Consider means of securing this type of data separately.
  • Is this in line with your communications and privacy policy? Every firm worth its salt has one making your files more secure and inspires confidence in your clients. Believe me, they notice.
  • Each attorney should read and digest the new Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This provides a key backdrop for lawyers in just about any field to prepare themselves for recent and upcoming changes.In addition, changing to a uniform secure email or communications network allows for less juggling between different systems and less to consider for each client. Often, firms utilize a secure cloud-based solution for their needs. In addition, even for those without a lot of cash on hand have options. Utilize Google Drive and Dropbox as their primary or secondary mode of such use. Each is free usage. Furthermore, keep each in mind as you proceed.This list isn’t comprehensive. However, it allows firms of all sizes a jumping off point in making their communications ones that can and should be above reproach or worry. This pays for itself many times over. One less thing on your plate. Furthermore, each bit of security is key for your firm.

Main Office:

633 West 5th Street #2890
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Driving Directions >

Torrance and South Bay:

3961 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505
(424) 999-PAIN
Driving Directions >
More Locations and Meeting Places >

ATTORNEY ADVERTISEMENT and Public Use information. Nothing here is intended to imply or infer that ELFPI can win or get a similar result in every case. Every case is unique, as is each person. No reasonable person could assume every case is win-able. The data on this website is generated by a member of the State Bar of California to provide general information and to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding tort law, and/or negligence claims. Parts herein contain attorney marketing information. Other parts do not. However, nothing on this website shall be construed as legal advice for any legal matter, or non-legal matter. Nor does anything on this website form a contract, or attorney-client alliance. (Read more.)

© 2019 Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, A Professional Law Corporation. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.