What Employment Lawyers can and cannot say on Social Media

social mediaSocial media is everywhere these days, and an employment attorney must be careful on how they use it. Writing or posting the wrong things on social media can get you into trouble, so always make sure you think before you post. That will guarantee that no slip ups will happen.

Attorneys have been disbarred, fired, and fined for the various inappropriate or violation of clients’ information posted on social media. Attorneys are held to a higher moral standard, and no matter where you are or what you are doing, that standard will follow you, even into the social media world.

Things you cannot say

When sometimes we are angry, hurt, annoyed, frustrated, or even impaired, the go-to thing is to post our feelings on social media. It is the way of the world today. Yet as an attorney, there are some things that should be avoided:

* Do not insult a client

* Do not reveal anything that is confidential to a client

* Do not insult other fellow attorneys, even if they are on the opposing side

* Do not insult any judges

* Do not post inappropriate pictures of yourself or others

* Do not connect with anyone you should not connect to, such as jury persons or opposing parties

If you do not believe these things happen, they do. A Florida attorney was reprimanded and fined for insulting a judge on social media. This is but one example.

Thing you can say

It is not to say that legal professionals cannot use social media. This is a great way to advertise, to inform the general public, and to keep in touch with friends and family.

* Not legal advice, but legal information to which you are very experienced

* Advertising within the bounds of your state regulations

* Birthday pictures, and other relatable photos and posts

* Anything in which you keep your calm

It is possible to use social media in a positive way. As long as you think before you post. Many attorneys are able to secure a significant number of new clients through social media, but it takes a coordinated effort and a lot of hard work, not to mention the attention to detail needed by any legal professional attempting to obtain business online.

Disclaimers

No state within the United States allows attorneys to provide legal advice to individuals over the internet. This is to protect the individuals as well as the attorneys. This is why most attorneys will follow up any communication they have online with a short disclaimer. This helps to make sure the person they are communicating with understands that you are not their attorney, and that the information you provide does not create an attorney-client relationship.

 

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