Today, our phones are constantly attached to us like an extra limb. So of course, many clients find it convenient, efficient, and effective to text their attorneys. However, clients need to take certain precautions to protect their confidential information when using mobile phones to communicate with their lawyers. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to texting with your lawyer:.
- Text your attorney to set or cancel appointments.
- Text your attorney when you need to speak immediately during an emergency.
- Text questions about office location, payments, or any other administrative queries.
- Send pictures of events, documents, or other evidence relating to your case.
- Send personal information such as social security numbers or birth dates. Many text messages applications (SMS and MMS, for example) are not encrypted and could expose sensitive information. Consider using other apps that can encrypt texts like WhatsApp, Signal Private Message, and iMessage.
- Ask legal questions or send decisions about your case. To maintain confidentiality, it’s better to communicate those over the phone or at an appointment.
No matter your medium of choice, always make sure you’re communicating securely. Social media and phones allow us to send and receive messages with the push of a button, but be sure to ask your lawyer about their own protocols to protect your data when it comes to texting and social media.
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