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Lawyers may participate in commercial websites give users access to legal services but must comply with applicable rules

Source | 2017-06-26T18:41:21+00:00 Nov 1st, 2000|Categories: LegalEthics, Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Maine Board of Bar Overseers Professional Ethics Commission ethics panel issued an opinion concerning the participation of lawyers in a Web site that allows users to locate and hire attorneys. In Maine Opinion 174 (October 10, 2000), the Board stated that Maine attorneys can participate in commercial web sites that give users access to legal services provided that the lawyers (a) evaluate the accuracy of the venture’s advertising; (b) comply with applicable requirements relating to personal approval and storage of paid advertising; (c) and do not promise the web site operators that the attorney will withdraw from representation only if the client consents. Interestingly, the Commission found that the Web sites arrangement for listing its members was the functional equivalent of a law listing or legal directory.