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Articles From Charles J. Northrup

Limited Scope Representation in Transactions - Put It in Writing

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2018
Column
Page 52
No written agreement is required in Illinois for limited scope transactional work. But as a recent New York case shows, it's best to put it in writing.

Inform Yourself about Informed Consent

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2017
Column
Page 52
Nearly a third of Illinois ethics rules require lawyers to get a client's informed consent before proceeding. But what is "informed consent"?

Ethics and Airport Lawyers

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2017
Column
Page 50
Here's why the prohibition against in-person solicitation almost certainly didn't apply to lawyers who advertised their services in response to President Trump's immigration order.

Beware the Specter of the Nonrefundable Advance Fee

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2016
Column
Page 54
Any fee is refundable if it wasn't earned or isn't reasonable. Calling an advance fee "nonrefundable" is usually asking for trouble.

Avvo and the Ethics of ‘Lead Generation’

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2016
Column
Page 54
Lead-generating services are proliferating - don't step onto ethical thin ice.

Rethinking Email Encryption

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2015
Column
Page 46
Evolving ethics standards make it more important than ever for lawyers to understand encryption.

Pitching: Bring Your ‘A’ Game

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2015
Column
Page 44
There's nothing wrong with pitching yourself to a prospective client – as long as you follow key ethics rules.

The Disengagement Letter: Saying a Good Goodbye

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2014
Column
Page 504
Formally acknowledging the end of your representation can lead to a happier ending - and a new beginning.

A Lawyer’s Duty to Understand Technology: The Forest and the Trees

By Charles J. Northrup
April
2014
Column
Page 196
Lawyers' ethical obligation to understand technology comes under the heading competence.

Blogging, Marketing, and the Rules of Professional Conduct

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2013
Column
Page 536
A recent Virginia case offers dos and don'ts for lawyer blogging.

Ethics and the Unsolicited Email

By Charles J. Northrup
July
2013
Column
Page 370
You don't have to respond to unsolicited email, but there's a right way if you do.

New Federal Rules Change Illinois Law on Environmental Due Diligence

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2006
Article
Page 550
Learn about federal rules, effective next month, governing the "all appropriate inquiry" necessary to establish the innocent landowner defense under CERCLA.

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