In a recent question, one of the answers included the recommendation to essentially "get a lawyer". This spurred a discussion in the comments indicating that this advice is often included in Workplace answers and I don't disagree that it is a good idea. However, in the comments it is noted that "get a lawyer" is often "stand-alone" advice accompanied primarily by reasons that it should be done and other things that might be done as well, but no further details on how "get a lawyer" could be accomplished.
This seemed like something that warrants discussion and potentially action, but the comments section of an answer on a question about forging signatures doesn't seem like the optimal place for that discussion to occur so I wanted to make a less-prone-to-deletion place for further discussion.
There were a few main points brought up that need resolution:
- Where should this information be located? Some options might be a Workplace Meta post, a normal Workplace.SE question, or maybe just a good external resource.
- How should we address regional differences? It seems likely that not all regions have the same guidelines and even the basic "get a lawyer" advice might not be correct for the given situation in different areas. Options include having a "master post" that contains various details, or having separated posts by region so appropriate information can be provided.
- Should this really be a separate post, or just additional information that "Get a lawyer" posts should include? There was some concern that a unified post would be too general to help in most specific situations, but there was also concern that including the details in the answer itself would be impractical.