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November 05, 2006



Restrictions on attorney advertising and communications involving, especially as those restrictions involve technology, are getting out of hand.

I'm not an ethics expert, and I have not read the San Diego County opinion. However, I wonder what the bar would say if a PC revealed confidential information in a letter sent by snail mail, using (1) an address in the lawyer's Yellow Pages ad or (2) an address on a bar association website.

At what point do we say that PCs have a duty to act reasonably, and not spill their guts to people they have never met or spoken to?

Would a doctor-patient relationship be created by an unsolicited communication to a doctor containing confidential medical information? What about an accountant-client relationship arising from a PC revealing confidential financial information in an unsolicited communication?

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