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New York City Bar opinion outlines requirements for lawyers websites, discussion groups, and e-mail exchanges

A law firm should maintain a copy of its website for at least one year, but need not file a copy with the Departmental Disciplinary Committee. Assn’of the Bar of the City of New York Opinion 1998-2 (December 21, 1998). A law firm that establishes a discussion area on its website should exercise caution and vigilance to avoid the establishment of an attorney-client relationship and impermissible advertising or solicitation. A law firm may not pay a fee to an Internet service provider calculated by reference to fees earned by the law firm from the provision of on-line services. A law firm may not post a form for a new customer to request a trademark or copyright search, but may do so for existing clients. A law firm need not encrypt all e-mail communications containing confidential client information, but should advise its clients and prospective clients communicating with the firm by e-mail that security of communications over the Internet is not as secure as other forms of communications