Bloomberg Law
April 10, 2012, 4:00 AM

Legal Q&A Websites May Be Permissible,
But Certain Features Taint ‘’

Professional conduct rules prohibit lawyers from taking part in the interactive website due to features that may be misleading and its noncompliance with rules governing lawyers’ advertising and communications, according to a recent opinion from the South Carolina bar’s ethics committee (South Carolina Bar Ethics Advisory Committee, Op. 12-03).

Participation in a legal information website is permissible, the committee advised, if the website adheres to lawyers’ communication and advertising rules and if lawyers responding to questions from users give only general information and caution against relying on the information absent a more thorough consultation with counsel.

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