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Live Chat Pop Ups: Still Alive. . .

Ever been viewing a website and had a Live Chat pop up window appear asking if you need assistance?  Who hasn’t?  At its most recent quarterly…more

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Alternative Business Models: Good or Bad?

On March 8, 2011, Fletcher Hartsell Jr., a North Carolina attorney and state senator, introduced a bill in the general assembly that would permit an…more

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Life’s Too Short

Have you ever taken on a client and later thought, “Why did I ever agree to this representation?”  It’s very hard to turn away a…more

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Beyond the Billable Hour and Legal Fees

Many law firms recoup office expenses associated with a client’s legal matter by passing along the actual cost of the expense to the client.   If…more

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Trust Account: A Balancing Act

OK.  I don’t enjoy balancing and reconciling my trust account, but it’s got to be done.  If you are hanging out a shingle and planning to…more

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Conflict: You Snooze, You Lose?

I used to think a conflict of interest under Rule 1.9 could only be waived by agreement with the former client and could be raised…more

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Direct Mail Ads – Look Out for a Rule Change

Today, the NC Ethics Committee voted to publish a revision to Rule 7.3(c). The Rule currently requires that all direct mail solicitations contain the words,…more

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Money Laundering Scams Targeting Lawyers

Have you ever received a call from a potential client who either 1) has just inherited lots of money, or 2) reached an agreement with…more

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To Report or Not to Report

Most lawyers know that the Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to report certain conduct of other lawyers. Rule 8.3 provides that a lawyer who…more

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

It is rare that a lawyer stays in one place for his or her entire career. Lawyers change law firms everyday. And yet, relatively few…more

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