Attorneys or law students who answer law or law-related questions on Quora should identify themselves as licensed attorneys or law students and add a disclaimer to the end of their legal answers.
Quora makes it easy for users who are attorneys or law students to include a personalized legal disclaimer when answering a question in thetopic (and related topics).
Attaching a disclaimer ensures that anywhere the answer text is shown, it is accompanied by the disclaimer text beneath it. This disclaimer will appear in a visually distinct region beneath the answer, truncated to show only the first line with an option for the reader to expand to the full text.
To add a disclaimer, the eligible user should click the "Attach Legal Disclaimer" link found by clicking the "..." icon at the bottom of the answer editor and following the instructions.
Clicking this link and following the instructions will set that user's disclaimer and attach it to their answer.
When an eligible user attaches a disclaimer for the first time, the space will be pre-filled with the following template language which the answerer can use or edit:
"This answer is not a substitute for professional legal advice. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor is it a solicitation to offer legal advice. If you ignore this warning and convey confidential information in a private message or comment, there is no duty to keep that information confidential or forego representation adverse to your interests. Seek the advice of a licensed attorney in the appropriate jurisdiction before taking any action that may affect your rights. If you believe you have a claim against someone, consult an attorney immediately, otherwise there is a risk that the time allotted to bring your claim may expire. Quora users who provide responses to legal questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Quora's Terms of Service ()."
This legal disclaimer (the default or an edited version) will be the disclaimer that shows up on your answers in questions in Law. Once initially set, a user's personalized disclaimer may be edited from the Settings page. Note: editing this text will update the text on all previous disclaimers.
Once an eligible user initially creates a personalized disclaimer, she can attach this disclaimer to any existing answer (i.e., even on questions that are not tagged with Law-related topics) by editing that answer and clicking the "Attach Disclaimer" link. Disclaimers may be removed from an answer by editing that answer, and clicking the "X" next to the disclaimer text.
We've worked hard and done research to craft this disclaimer language to protect our users. However, ethics rules rules differ by state and country, so we aren't sure that this language will work for every attorney in every location -- especially since rules can change over time. Users should edit or add to disclaimer language as necessary to comply with their own state's rules.