Law Should Competent Rrepresentation To A Legal Law

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Rule 1.1 Competence: A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent rrepresentation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation. A lawyer cannot purposely or carelessly offer legal services if they lack skills, knowledge, or the ability to consult with someone with experience to aid in representing a client. A lawyer also should not offer legal services if they are not mentally prepared for the workload, physically able to handle the workload, or morally against client’s actions, preventing the lawyer from emotionally being able to give their all to a client. No matter how mundane or novel the issue is an attorney ethical duties of competency must remain …show more content…
Second, a lawyer must show knowledge and ability to determine the right move. A lawyer must take into consideration how complex an issues is, do they have the experience to handle a matter, do they have the time to prepare properly to handle a matter, and do they need to consult with another party who is probably more competent then the lawyer in a particular matter. Finally, a lawyer must maintain skills by continued education and staying up to date with the latest changes in the practice of laws and technology. When the law practice pertains to technology a lawyer should understand the benefits and the risks before using technology. It is important for lawyer before the use of technology especially when it comes to social media to read the terms and agreements, and have a high level of competency with the technology before they use the technology for a …show more content…
Americans spend a large amount of time on social media sites. According to the Pew Institute, “two-thirds of Adult Americans maintain at least one social networking profile.” Lawyers are not excluded from this phenomenon. According to American Lawyer Media, nearly three-quarters of law firms in the United States are affiliated with at least one social media site with LinkedIn having the largest concentrations of attorneys because of LinkedIn networking capabilities and possibilities. However, an attorney use of social media is not only for networking purposes but also a tool that can be utilized for the practice of law. Despite the difficulties in authenticating what’s on social media, lawyers still use social media for discovery purposes seeking evidence and statements that could impeach a witness credibility, and recently a method of service of process. As recent as March 27, 2015, in the case of Baidoo v. Blood-Dzraku (N.Y. Mar. 27, 2015), a judge allows a plaintiff who filed suit for divorce to use Facebook as a substitute service of process. After several tries of being unable to effect personal services to where the defendant was thought to be living and the defendant being online in constant use of their Facebook account, the court allowed the service to be sent via Facebook. Rulings like this that pertain to internet and social media has given

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