Three Ways for Social Media and Digital Companies to Find a Good Lawyer

The purpose of this short post is to help you find an experienced lawyer who can help you with your social media and digital legal needs. A lawyer who knows your business, someone who is ten steps ahead of your competition, and a caring human being you can know, like, and trust (yes, lawyers are people too).

While price is always important, I believe skill, ability, and reputation are even more important. I say this because, after 30 years of practicing law, I know for a fact that it’s important to get your legal needs handled the first time correctly. Often there is no second chance.

So how can you, a social media and digital expert, find the right lawyer? Well, here are three approaches that I think you’ll like.

Approach No. 1- Get Personal Referrals

If you have friends or family who you respect and who are very satisfied with experiences they have had with a business lawyer who handles online business needs, you may want to start there. If you know a good lawyer who handles other types of legal matters (for example, estate planning or criminal defense), ask him or her for the names and numbers of the top 2 or 3 lawyers he or she knows who handles online business needs.

Friends at work and upper-level management and executives can be a good referral source. Well established social media agencies, authors, keynote speakers and social media influencers may also be able to share a few names with you.

I have an excellent database with the names of excellent lawyers who help digital business owners and entrepreneurs all around the world. Feel free to contact me if you would like the names of a couple of lawyers in your area.

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Nine Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Social Media Business Lawyer

Here are nine important questions you need to ask every social media and digital business lawyer you interview to represent you in an online business/legal matter. Just as important, I also share my thoughts about what the right answer to each question should be.

Question No. 1: “How long have you been practicing law?”

The attorney’s answer to this question is important and can be very revealing. It takes many years to become proficient in the legal profession. I recommend that you make sure any attorney you are thinking about hiring has, at a minimum, at least ten to fifteen years of substantial litigation experience in the area of law that you need help with.

Sure, there are exceptions to this rule and I know several very good, ethical attorneys with less than five years of experience. What they lack in litigation and trial experience they make up for with intelligence, drive, passion and the wherewithal to associate with experienced counsel to answer their questions and help them when needed.

Question No. 2: “What percentage of your practice is focused on the type of law I need help with?”

For the past ten to fifteen years of a lawyer’s practice, at least 90% of the attorney’s time should have been focused on representing legal business matters relating to your legal needs. For the past 5-7 years, a heavy emphasis should involve social media, digital, and technology.

Why not 100%? There are two good reasons.

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Are You a Distracted Driving Addict?

I believe that whether people realize it or not, most are addicted to their smartphones and other mobile devices. Even if they wanted to, they don’t have the self-control to stop using these devices while driving.

Understanding and acknowledging that there’s an addiction is the first, of several steps, in fixing this growing safety problem. What happens next is up to all of us.

As reported by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked. Truth be told, you’re holding a modern day slot machine in your hand. Most people can’t stop using it even if they wanted to.

According to Google software engineers, every time you check your phone, you’re playing the slot machine to see, ‘What did I get?’ (likes, shares, comments…). Your mind is being hijacked while creating habits. Potentially deadly habits when you do this while driving.

If you don’t believe me, take a close look at this recent post with interviews and videos, “What is “brain hacking”? Tech insiders on why you should care”

When you take in to consideration that smartphones are the new drug of choice for teens who also happen to be very inexperienced drivers, this entire safety issue has a whole new meaning.

Hands-Free is Not Safe

I believe the other big issue people are misinformed about is the false perception that it’s safe to use a hands-free Bluetooth system while driving. It’s not. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

The evidence shows that hands-free and Bluetooth devices offer no safety benefits whatsoever. In fact, they “distract” you from the act of driving for up to 27 seconds after use. The same concept applies to the quality of your attentiveness while driving when your passengers are using their smartphones. Click here for the research 

If you can’t stop yourself from using your smartphone while driving, then you’re probably addicted to your phone. Please get help before somebody is killed.

Lead by example and turn your smarthphone off before turning your car on. Learn more about the facts of distracted driving by visiting StopDD.today EndDD.org and ItCanWait.com

Distracted Driving Survey Results

Do you consider distracted driving a public safety issue? What do you do when you see someone engaged in distracted driving?

Last month I posted a survey about distracted driving. A cross-section of 46 people responded from social media, business, law and the police communities. The survey is ongoing but here are the preliminary results:

Question #1: Have you had a family member or friend harmed or killed by distracted driving?

Question #2: When you see someone using social media or livestreaming while driving, what do you do?

Question #3: If you reach out privately or publicly and the distracted driving continues on a regular basis, do you:

Question #4: Do you consider distracted driving a problem?

Conclusion

The results appear to be rather obvious. Let’s lead by example and do what needs to be done to stop people from being injured and killed by distracted drivers.

Click here to see the updates to this survey at SurveyMonkey.

The survey is ongoing. If you’d like to participate you can click here to do so. I’ll update the results in the next month or so.


Related Links:

Study: Hands-Free Devices Distract Drivers for 27 Seconds After Use!
Click here

I’m Calling “Bullshit” on The Top Three Distracted Driving Excuses!
Click here

Live video interview on TheShow.Live with EndDD.org founder, Joel Feldman
Click here

Why It’s Socially Responsible To “Call Out” Habitual Distracted Drivers
Click here

Our StopDD.today website (Facebook Group) at StopDD.today

Six Legal Tips To Help Online Businesses Avoid Claims and Lawsuits

This past Thursday I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful audience at Summit.Live. I shared six tips to help online businesses avoid claims, litigation, and lawsuits.

I hope you enjoy my presentation. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Notes:

Please note that while I am an attorney, I’m not your attorney. Please check with an attorney in your state before taking any of these legal steps.

A summary of my six tips are as follows:

  1. Do business as a corporation or LLC
  2. Protect and respect intellectual property rights
  3. Promote your products and services through your business and not you personally
  4. Use contracts and other written agreements
  5. Use mediation and arbitration clauses
  6. Use attorney fee and venue clauses

Fake News, Adobe VoCo and Authenticating Evidence

For years, trial lawyers have had to deal with fake images created with Photoshop. Today, several new “fake” facts and evidence issues have evolved because of technology. All of this results in consumers being intentionally mislead and ending up uninformed.

A new product by Adobe named VoCo (not yet released) lets you edit recorded speech so that you can alter what a person actually said. This new technology is very cool but has the potential for allowing even more fake and misleading news, bad publicity for people and companies, and false evidence in the courtroom.

Watch this short video to listen to how well VoCo works.

While the upside and downside of VoCo are both unlimited, several protections we have from misuse in the legal system are concepts referred to as “foundation” and “authentication” under the evidence code.

Generally speaking, what this means is that before a recording can be admitted into evidence in a court of law, the person producing the purported evidence must show, using established and reliable methods, that the item is what he or she says it is. Concepts like chain of custody, totality of the circumstances, and familiarity with a person’s voice all come into play. Obviously, this last element may no longer be allowed once the VoCo tech is perfected and released to the public.

My take-a-away for not just lawyers, but anyone relying upon what they see, read or hear, is to always question the source of the content. Do your own due diligence and research when you hear, watch or see something on the news or online. There’s never anything wrong with being careful and questioning a source. In fact, it’s just the smart thing to do.