December 27, 2017 Top Story

Virtual Law Offices Create Ethical Concerns

Be acutely aware of the ethical issues at play, especially those related to technological competence

Martha L. Kohlstrand

Lawyers may practice in a "virtual law office" (VLO), but doing so triggers certain ethical concerns, according to the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct. Some jurisdictions have issued opinions echoing similar ethical considerations while others have identified additional guidelines. Attorneys involved with VLOs should be aware of the ethical issues at play, especially those related to technological competence, cautions ABA Section of Litigation leaders.

Lawyers may practice in a "virtual law office" (VLO), but doing so triggers certain ethical concerns, according to the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct. Some jurisdictions have issued opinions echoing similar ethical considerations while others have identified additional guidelines. Attorneys involved with VLOs should be aware of the ethical issues at play, especially those related to technological competence, cautions ABA Section of Litigation leaders.

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