Catch the New Advisory Opinions on Social Media and Lead Generation
Two new advisory opinions have recently been posted to help attorneys follow the RPCs while navigating the Internet. Take a look at these to steer clear in the areas of social media and Internet marketing.
Opinion 201401 looks at online lead generation services that connect prospective clients with attorneys. The questions discussed include: Is it okay to participate in one? Can you pay to do so? What do you need to check out before you do? There are some critical points about the service that a lawyer needs to know before she signs up. The opinion also gives guidelines about appropriate etiquette for attorney contact with prospective clients by telephone, real-time Internet communication, email, and text.
Opinion 201402 discusses participation in online social media profile websites, talking about the rating systems in these profile websites, what you should look at before participating in one, and what your responsibilities are if you do. Other questions discussed include: Is it okay to endorse another lawyer in return for him endorsing you? Read it and find out.
Sandra Schilling. Sandra Schilling is an attorney with the WSBA Office of General Counsel. She supports the WSBA Ethics Line. Attorneys with concerns about legal ethics can call the Ethics Line (206-727-8284 or 800-945-WSBA, ext. 8284) and receive help analyzing ethical issues. For other issues, Sandra can be reached at SandraS@wsba.org and (206) 239-2118.