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Actually, we have to. . . (archive)

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Posted by Jayhox on October 23, 2000 at 13:44:34:

In Reply to: I just love this country...(read more) posted by Mel - Seattle on October 23, 2000 at 13:05:15:

Actually, we are required by ethics standards to make sure the "prospective" client understands the extent of our opinions. You would be surprised by the accusations made against attorneys. A simple question could (and too often is) construed as a legal consultation upon which the "client" could sue for malpractice if the advice turns out to be improper.

The legal profession is one of the very few professions that is self-regulated. We each take an oath and must abide by ethics rules in order to retain our license to practice. If I were actually stating an opinion as to what I thought Roger (UK) should do or what his rights actually are under Nevada law, then I could be charged with malpractice or ethics violations for giving misleading or falsw legal advice to a "client" that sought out my advice.

That is clearly not what I/we are doing. Thus, the disclaimers. You would be surprised at some of the lawsuits filed against attorneys for the very reasons previously stated.

"The previous statements are not those of. . ."

It was quite fun reading these posts. I am not trying to insult anyone, but I find all this a bit funny.

Someone trying to collect money from an accident, and others posting legal thoughts while making sure that all necessary disclaimers are in place, so they don't get sued themselves.

It is just so interesting how everyone is so sue happy in this country.

On another note, I was very glad to see that we have few layers (real one or those who play ones on TV) on this board. Especially the ones who are willing to discuss hypothetical issues. (I understand your reasoning that you would want to put a disclaimer, I just never understood people who would sue you because you gave them your opinion or advice which they asked for in the first place.)

Once again, good to have you here and hopefully you will continue to give us your thoughts on legal hypothetical discussions.

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