Please check out the latest, updated version of my free eBook, Practicing Law Online: Creating a Web-based Virtual Law Office. Because the technology behind virtual law practice is changing at a rapid rate and because new state bar advisory opinions on the topic are starting to emerge, I plan on updating the eBook at least every six months.
For this latest update, I conducted some additional research online through the Cornell University Law School’s American Legal Ethics Library which has a great state-by-state comparative analysis of the ABA’s Model Code. There were some new state bar advisory opinions that related to third-party service providers, online backup and retention of law office data, email, online advertising and other technology related topics. I included these in the different sections of the eBook relating to ethics and malpractice issues in virtual law practice. I’m sure there are more formal and informal opinions from state bars out there that I did not find.
Please share if you have any experience presenting technology-related law practice management questions or formal advisory opinions to your state bar. I’ll post them on the blog and add the information to the eBook — with a hat tip to the sharer, of course.