You’re having a perfectly fine time at a party, reception, barbecue, ballgame, meal or any other gathering, when out of nowhere you’re bombed by a taxpayer with that most loaded question: “Mind if I ask you something?”

Conventional wisdom says rules vary state to state over whether a professional can be sued for casual advice; even-more-conventional wisdom points out that in our litigious society, defending even a frivolous lawsuit consumes valuable time and money.

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