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Counsel

Writing Legal Articles for the Layman

Do you have to be a lawyer to write legal articles online? No, but it certainly would help. Even if you aren’t a lawyer and are not giving legal advice you can tell a story about a legal issue, or relay a case study. In doing this you will gain Internet traffic, and explain something to someone perhaps in layman terms that they can then understand.
All too often article authors who are lawyers get to into the nitty-gritty, and actual points of law right away, and are not understandable to a regular person or non-lawyer. Perhaps this is good in a way because it leaves the door of opportunity open for online article authors who don’t have law degrees. Let’s go ahead and talk about this for second shall we?
One thing I always recommend, as writing on the Internet means people from all over the world will end up accessing your articles, is that you make them regionally specific to the state in which you are discussing. It’s important also to make distinctions between the differences between state and federal laws, even where they duplicate, and how those sorts of legal conflicts are dealt with. Often there are people on either side of the business contract or legal issue that reside in different states, and when those laws are different it’s almost as if you are dealing with international law, as you run into the same types problems, albeit much milder as we are all part of the United States.
If you’re not a lawyer and you are producing online article content on legal issues is important if not mandatory that you do state at the bottom of the articles somewhere that you are not a lawyer and that the individual reading the article should seek legal advice from a lawyer that specializes in that type of law. This lets you off the hook from being accused of practicing law without a law license. It also means that your article if it’s well-written may actually end up on a website which refers lawyers, or perhaps a small law firm’s website.
These things happen to me all the time, and often my articles on legal issues get replayed or sent out in online e-mail newsletters. If you are writing about business law or dealing with government rules and regulations for businesses in your industry or sector and you have experience in that realm then you can easily tell stories and give warnings to other entrepreneurs of what to look out for, what to consider, and who they can call for advice to keep them out of trouble.
If you are a lawyer and you’re hoping to write legal articles for regular people and perhaps potential future customers and clients then you need to realize you are not writing for a law journal and you must keep it conversational otherwise you will turn away future customers rather than attract them. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.…

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Attorney At Law

Legal & Accounting Information Online – Beware of ‘Accurate Misinformation’

Small offline businesses often operate on a shoestring budget, relying on getting by on personal credit cards and the like during slow times and trying to get them paid back down during the better times. Since almost every industry is cyclic in nature, this happens time and time again. As a result, small offline businesses often rely on the Internet for much of their legal, accounting and other needed information.
The risk these small offline business owners take is that they’ll often fall victim to ‘accurate misinformation’, a new phenomenon that has resulted from the world-wide scope of information online. The term accurate misinformation refers to information that is true and valid in the jurisdiction where it’s written, but is not necessarily applicable elsewhere. Hence it’s accurate in that locale and misinformation elsewhere.
Small offline businesses usually recognize that they can’t use the information from another country in their legal and accounting issues, but may well be misled by information applicable to only a part of the country they operate in. For example, rules pertaining to taxes, laws and by-laws can vary from state to state, province to province, department to department, and often even differ in each municipality.
Remember, small offline business owners and solo entrepreneurs are fairly savvy, or they wouldn’t be in business long in today’s challenging economic times. So most know to disregard the financial and legal information posted by non-professionals and that they should only follow the advice of licensed and accredited professionals. But they do run the risk of falling victim to accurate misinformation when it’s published by a legitimate professional, especially if the web page they’re reading doesn’t list the exact location of the firm or individual offering up that info.
As a small business owner you know you have to exercise caution and prudence in all aspects of legal and accounting practices – just be sure that prudence extends to avoiding accurate misinformation. No matter how tight the budget, find a way to get solid business, accounting and legal advice from licensed professionals in your own community – it’s the only way to be sure you’re operating in full compliance with the rules and regulations in place where your small business operates.…