Tips for Social Networking in the Legal Industry  

         With all the hoopla surrounding social networking in this day and age, the question being asked is whether using these websites can create risks for legal professionals.

         Already proven as effective tools for increasing business and attracting new clients, everyday more and more law firms and legal professionals are making the best possible use of sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. However there are a few pointers to keep in mind if you are a legal professional using one or all of these social networking sites.

         Number one -- remember where to draw the line when it comes to sharing information regarding your work. Confidentiality between a lawyer and his client is mandatory, as per the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Every lawyer is aware of that, but sometimes it may be possible that more than permissible is shared on Twitter, in the spirit of ‘saying anything’.

         Next, do not post anything that originally belongs to someone else. However, you should take steps to protect your intellectual property by clearly mentioning conditions for reposting your material.

         Third, be upfront about any advertising that is being done on your blog. The Federal Trade Commission can take you to court for not disclosing information on compensations received for any kind of product endorsement.

         Finally, make sure your firm has policies in place when it comes to using social media. The information that you or your colleagues post is seen by the world, and sometimes that may not be good for the legal business.WelcomeToWelcomeRocketswag



Tips for Social Networking in the Legal Industry

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