Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Giving Informal Legal Advice at a Party

You know it’s dangerous to give informal advice, but sometimes, you feel that you have to. At this holiday time of the year, you may find yourself at gatherings where others want to ask you legal questions. The December issue of the Texas Bar  Journal offers advice on how to handle these situations. Of course, the first rule is to include  a disclaimer—you can’t give a definitive answer, because you don’t know all the  facts; you would need to  do  some research, etc. However, the article goes on  to give examples of typical questions that you may get and to offer  you some brief answers.

 It’s a good idea to talk with your students  about the pitfalls of showing off  your legal knowledge in these settings.




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