Lawyer or ChatGPT? - Makofsky Valente Law Group, P.C.

Are you being represented by an attorney, or by ChatGPT? One client found out the hard way.

It sounds like a crazy question, but it’s not. Last week, the New York Times ran an article about a recent lawsuit involving an injured passenger who was suing an airline. After the airline moved to dismiss the case, the plaintiff’s lawyer responded with a 10-page brief filled with supposedly relevant case law. The brief cited legal decisions in similar cases against airlines. There was one small problem with the brief, though. All the legal decisions that were quoted in the brief were made up – invented by the artificial intelligence (AI) program, ChatGPT.

Once the judge and the other attorneys realized the cited cases were fake, the plaintiff’s attorney threw himself on the mercy of the court, explaining that he had used the AI program to do his legal research and it had proved to be ‘unreliable.’ The attorney, who had over three decades of legal experience, had never used ChatGPT before and was “unaware of the possibility that its content could be false.” Laughably, the attorney even asked ChatGPT to verify that the cases were real, and it said yes.

At Makofsky Valente Law Group, we are real people who do not take shortcuts. When a Makofsky Valente Law Group attorney represents a client, we do everything personally. We get to know our clients as human beings, and they do the same with us. You never have to worry about who did your legal research – it was one of us. You don’t need to be concerned about the content of our work – it will always be researched and written by an actual attorney. We take great pride in our very personal relationships with our clients, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

We are only a phone call or e-mail away if you need assistance… from a human lawyer.

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