Until January 1, 2010 this blog entry contained one of many client testimonials our office has received because of our work ethics including the thoroughness of our investigatory work, communications with clients and results obtained because of our compassionate work ethic.
However, last November, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an opinion that required websites that are controlled or sponsored by a lawyer or law firm to comply with Florida Rule of Professional Conduct 4-7.2. Rule 4-7.2 regulates the type of information that lawyers may provide on their websites or blogs. Although there was a six month moratorium imposed in which websites were allowed to bring their websites into conformity with these new rules, we felt it prudent to make these changes immediately to bring our site in full compliance with ethical rules.
Past Successes. Lawyers may not include “any reference to past successes or results obtained” in their advertisements and unsolicited written communications. See Rule 4-7.2(c)(1)(F). If a website or blog includes examples of past successes, results, verdicts or settlements, they had to be removed from the website or blog.
Testimonials. Lawyers may not provide testimonials in their advertisements and unsolicited written communications. See Rule 4-7.2(c)(1)(J). If your website or blog includes client testimonials, you will have to remove them from your website or blog.
Contingency Fee Disclosure. If your website or blog indicates that “no fee will be charged in the absence of a recovery,” you must also disclose “whether the client will be liable for any expenses in addition to the fee.” See Rule 4-7.2(c)(7)
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