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Rule 4.2 and Corporate Representation

Over the years I have responded to many questions about the interpretation of Rule 4.2 governing communication with a represented party, especially when the represented…more

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What’s in a “Trade” Name? Registration Requirement Eliminated

Lawyers are likely aware of the new advertising rules that were certified by the NC Supreme Court in May 2021.  But what you may not…more

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Ethical Expression of Thanks

As many of you already know, the N.C. State Bar adopted (and the NC Supreme Court certified in May 2021) amendments to the Rules of…more

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Ethics Advice: A Cost of Professional Practice

A large part of my practice involves giving ethics advice to lawyers.  Sometimes the advice is about their own conduct, and other times, the question…more

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Happy Holidays from The Brocker Law Firm

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COVID Advice on the Fly? Think First

The pace at which laws and regulations are changing due to COVID-19 can make your head spin.  Efforts to keep abreast of the changing regulatory…more

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NC Legal Ethics Minute: Mobile Deposits and Online Trust Accounting

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For Peace of Mind – Part II

In our last blog, we talked about Policies and Procedures manuals and the reasons it is important to have a manual for your firm –…more

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For Peace of Mind

Many small firms or solo practices do not have a written Policies and Procedures Manual (“PPM”). When I ask, attorneys usually respond that it’s just…more

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Retaining Good Employees — Begins with You

A consistent question I receive from practice owners and professionals is, “How do I keep good associates?”  Lawyers and other professionals come and go, and…more

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