Informal Opinion Number: 970010

Rules: 4-7.1; 4-1.6
Information About Legal Services
Communication Concerning a Lawyer´s Services
Summary: email

Reference Note: Effective July 1, 2007, Rule 4-1.18, Duties to Prospective Client, was adopted, and amended effective Sep. 26, 2017.  Rule 4-1.18 and Comment [2] also would govern this question and should be consulted with this opinion.

QUESTION: Attorney proposes to set up a website and include the website address on Attorney´s letterhead. The website address will include reference to a specific area of practice. The website itself will invite people to e-mail Attorney regarding matters in that area of practice. Attorney also proposes to include the e-mail address on letterhead.
ANSWER: Based on the information Attorney has provided, the actions Attorney proposes will not violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. In light of the fact that Attorney will be soliciting potential clients to contact Attorney by e-mail regarding legal matters, Attorney should include on the website a cautionary statement that communication by e-mail is not necessarily secure and confidential.

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