A growing number of law firms are turning to the Internet with hopes of boosting their revenues and increasing their leads. For some this has become a reality, but most are still in the experimental stage. All this week, I will be posting about several of the best practices in becoming a rainmaker on the Internet. … [Read more...] about Best Practices for Becoming a Rainmaker on the Internet, Part 1 of 5
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Perceptual differences with children riding bicyclesChildren do not have the same ability to perceive objects near to them as do adults. For children who are ages 5 to 9, they may identify objects, such as motor vehicles, in their peripheral vision. While adults can teach children to use their peripheral vision and the basic rules of the road for riding a bicycle, younger children are much slower at correctly identifying objects using it than are older people. Similarly, children do not tend to use sound when they are identifying cars around them, instead relying on their vision. They are still in the process of developing their senses of danger, and they have the mistaken notion that if they are able to see themselves that others will as well. They may also become impatient, running through lights instead of waiting because of a lack of impulse control. … [Read more...] about Legal Issues in Child Bike Riding Accidents
The automobile’s self-driving system was not at fault, according to an investigation conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency found that Autopilot was designed to prevent Tesla cars from rear-ending other vehicles but was not intended to handle situations when vehicles crossed the road from intersecting roadways. Thus, there were no “defects in the design or performance” of the system, the NHTSA concluded. … [Read more...] about Who’s to blame when self-driving cars crash?
It also was unethical. In 1908, the ABA adopted as part of its Canons of Professional Ethics a blanket prohibition against advertising and solicitation. Some limited exceptions existed—lawyers could have listings in telephone directories, and could communicate with friends, family and clients. The canon tolerated business cards but held open the possibility that they could be scrutinized by local bar officials by calling them “not per se improper.” Lawyers weren’t allowed to solicit business through fliers or ads, and the prohibition even extended to indirect forms of advertising, such as commenting on newspaper articles. … [Read more...] about Legal advertising blows past $1 billion and goes viral
Full implementation of its comprehensive scope might require significant case-by-case scrutiny from judges, thus increasing their load. But Benshoof has proposed a fix, and he says some courts are considering it. His firm developed a checklist of facts, based on requirements in the statute, that clerks could use to winnow cases filed by debt buyers without wandering beyond their ministerial function and encroaching on a judicial one. … [Read more...] about Debt-buying industry and lax court review are burying defendants in defaults