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Documents + Advice: Together At Last

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Today, your Rocket Lawyer membership just got a whole lot better. We’re excited to announce the enhanced Ask a Lawyer experience! It’s the perfect union between two of our most popular features: Ask a Lawyer and Documents. We’re thrilled to be the first to offer this—it’s a huge milestone for the world of online legal…
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Lawyers: Be Afraid of Ghostwriting

As Halloween draws near, I thought it would be appropriate to bring up the issue of ghost stories. To be more specific, I’m talking about “ghostwriting.” To say that attorneys are creatures of limited time is to wildly understate the amount of work and pressures we face on a day-to-day basis. Not only must we…
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What Lawyers Need To Know About Electronic Tobacco

I consider myself to be somewhat of a cigar aficionado; for those of you who are interested, I highly recommend trying a Montecristo Number 2 (you won’t be disappointed). It’s well-settled law at this point that my interest in cigar smoking is generally relegated to sparse and difficult-to-find cigar lounges with a few close personal…
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Is Lady Justice Striking Out?

Back during his 2005 Senate judiciary committee confirmation hearings to become the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts tried to allay Democratic senators’ fears that he was a conservative ideologue by famously comparing the role of judges with baseball umpires and declaring, “It’s my job to call balls and strikes and…
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The 4 Secrets That All Savvy Lawyers Know

While many of you were chugging your third coffee and trying to shake off your case of the Mondays, Rocket Lawyer paid a visit to our sister city Palo Alto to plug into the inaugural LawTech Silicon Valley conference! Presented by The Recorder and Law Technology News, the event focused on four major challenges that…
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Three Reasons Why Lawyers Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Technology

Any attorneys out there have nightmares about the Big Bad Wolf of Technology huffing, and puffing, and blowing away our law firms? The American Bar Association’s Rule 5.5 regarding the unauthorized practice of law notes: “The definition of the practice of law is established by law and varies from one jurisdiction to another. Whatever the definition,…
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Mind Your Manners: Social Media Etiquette for Lawyers

Hey lawyers, here’s something I bet you’ve never heard before: you’re a lot like doctors. Traditionally, you both get a lot of your referrals via personal recommendations between friends, family members, and other close community ties. However, as more and more consumers become invested in the communities they build online, it’s increasingly important to make…
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Three Privacy Concerns For Your Clients In the Digital Age

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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