Client or Prospective Client: What's the Difference?
Criminal Justice, Fall 2012
5 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2014
Date Written: August 11, 2014
The use of websites and social media by lawyers has grown rapidly. In this ethics column, we explore the ethics of lawyers communicating with nonclients, prospective clients, and clients through websites and social media. To understand the potential ethical consequences of such communications, a lawyer needs a firm grasp of the distinctions ethics authorities draw among nonclients, prospective clients, and clients. We focus on these distinctions, with particular emphasis on ABA Model Rule 1.18 and the distinction between a prospective client and a client.
Keywords: ethics, professional responsibility, client, nolnclient, prospective client, ABA Model Rules, ABA Model Rule 1.18, Internet, website, social media, blog
JEL Classification: K19, K39, K40
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