Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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.