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The uses of texting are limited only by your imagination.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 22, 2011

No. 569

NPR reports that a dive bar (their term) in Cambridge Mass has an app for you to text your waitress. Great idea. You never seem to be able to see the waitress when you are dying for water or need a dozen napkins in a hurry.  Besides, Mr/Ms Boomer, she’s more tuned into receiving texts than noticing you waiving your arm off.  Get used to it.

To those of us over, say, 50, the benefits of texting were not immediately evident.  It is the perfect medium for sending and receiving messages when one or both parties are in class or on the sales floor at work.  Texting can also be employed silently by two people at a large gathering to have a private conversation, free from prying ears.

So what about lawyers?  How about instantaneous communication in the courtroom when your spy, sitting in the back of the room, has something to tell you?  You never have to personally speak — blowing her cover.  Judges don’t like to see you talking on your cell phone while court is in session, but emergencies do happen. How about sending a message to your secretary to bring you a missing document or to contact a witness you hadn’t planned to call?  Or to take care of something urgent you just remembered?  You take it from there.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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