Personal Injury Ethics

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Dec 9, 2017

An Approach for Attorneys and Clients In Dealing With Online Communications

Today we're going to take a realistic 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 these communiques organized? What is the practicality of improving or introducing new email security standards and understanding its downsides - super important? What is the overall risk of these communications being intercepted or read by someone you did not authorize? 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 vital steps your firm acts on internally. Each one makes a fundamental 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. They notice. Each attorney should read and digest the new Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This provides an essential backdrop for lawyers in just about any field to prepare themselves for recent and upcoming changes. Also, 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 reliable cloud-based solution for their needs. Besides, 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. In time, this pays for itself many times over. One less thing on your plate. Furthermore, each bit of security is critical for your firm.