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Three Privacy Concerns For Your Clients In the Digital Age

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Marlon Brando once said, “Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.” Unfortunately, Mr. Brando said this at a time when the world was much less connected — and he likely had great lawyers who could constantly protect his privacy without worrying what he would impulsively say on Twitter. Even…
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4 Rights To Remember When You’re Stopped By Police

In 21 Jump Street, Channing Tatum, playing a young police officer, is berated by his superior after failing to to “Mirandize” a suspect, which resulted in the criminal’s release without charges. When asked to recite the warning, Tatum’s character fails miserably, despite Jonah Hill’s best efforts to help. Though funny within the context of the…
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Hal 9000 Isn’t Far Away: What Role Will Artificial Intelligence Play In Our Legal System?

Imagine, if you will, a murder trial where the defendant is charged with shooting the victim at point-blank range in broad daylight with multiple witnesses present. The scenario plays out like hundreds of murder trials before it: a judge presides over the case, the state’s lawyers carefully lay out the prosecution, and the defense vigorously defends…
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3 Marketing Tips For Lawyers From the Undead

The story about the dead guy who appeared before a judge to be declared alive, only to be informed he was still dead has – who would’ve guessed – a second life! Last December, we recounted the peculiar story and legal status of Donald Miller. A brief recap: Miller, then 61, vanished in the 1980s,…
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Five Things Every Lawyer Should Know About The Ebola Virus

Ebola is a frightening disease — even the name sounds scary. If you think the subject has all but disappeared from the headlines of today’s 24-hour news cycle, you are sadly mistaken. According to the World Health Organization, staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate…
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“Don’t Quote Me On That”: New Standards For Legal Advertising

Did you ever hear about the case of the lawyer and judge who went to court over the issue of whether the lawyer could run an ad claiming that the judge thought he was a great lawyer? It all began in 2008 when Andrew Dwyer, a Newark, New Jersey workplace discrimination lawyer, quoted three judges…
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Legal Start-Ups Offer Hope For Change

These are trying times: it’s hard to avoid reading about diminishing law school enrollment, the difficulty of graduates landing jobs with firms, and the alleged decline in legal profession prestige. Based upon headlines, it’s easy to conclude that all is doom-and-gloom in the legal profession, with little prospect for rejuvenation. Somewhat ironically, while lawyers are…
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We Are Teaming With The American Bar Association To Explore Expanded Online Opportunities For Lawyers.

It’s a very happy Friday here at Rocket Lawyer indeed. Today we announced that we are teaming up with the American Bar Association to explore innovative solutions to a vexing legal paradox – the difficulty small businesses face finding affordable legal services at a time when many lawyers would welcome expanded professional opportunities. Through a…
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How Should Lawyers Respond To Negative Online Reviews?

Back in the far, far distant past – namely, this past Spring – we looked at the pros and cons of business owners suing customers who posted venomous reviews of their enterprises on Yelp. Now the “negative chickens” have come home to roost, if you will, with the Wall Street Journal saying that lawyers are…
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Who Can Afford To Go To Jail?

If you’re ticked off at all by the extra fees airlines have added the past few years, just be thankful you’re not a “passenger” caught up in the U.S. criminal justice system. I mean, you know, aside from the obvious reasons. There was a time when incarceration, at the bare minimum, offered some solace to…
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