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Utah issues ethics opinion addressing e-mail and website use

Source | 2017-06-26T18:41:11+00:00 Apr 8th, 2002|Categories: LegalEthics, Post|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In Utah Ethics Advisory Opinion 02-02 (February 11, 2002), the Utah bar’s ethics panel opined law firm newsletters, brochures, and e-mails that they encourage the recipient to engage the firm’s services or contact the firm for further information, extolls the firm’s expertise, or otherwise contains an offer to provide legal services are “solicitations” of professional employment. As such, the lawyers must place the legend “advertising material” prominently on the outside envelope, if any, and at the beginning of the communication (i.e., e-mail). By contrast, a firm’s website is not a written communication which is “sent” from the firm to anyone and does not require an “Advertising Material” legend.