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How to Responsibly Embrace Any and All Digital Tech in the Practice of Law

In many jurisdictions, commentary to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 Competency states that lawyers are to keep abreast of the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.  With that language in mind, do you actually do so?  I ask because in my world I often find that lawyers are pretty good at evaluating the benefits [...]

6 Law Firm Cybersecurity Rules for Working From Home

During the nation-wide stay at home directive to combat the spread of Covid-19, we’ve all missed some of the luxuries we are used to. One such luxury is the safe and secure offices we work in. At our offices, we have systems in place in order to ensure that all our client information stays safe [...]

3 Suggestions for Staying On Track While Working From Home

WFH – Work From Home. Are you doing it? Do you love it or hate it? I’m doing it right now. Here are 3 suggestions for staying on track during this strange time. Make sure you and your assistant keep updated on the temporary procedures of the different jurisdictions in which you practice. It may [...]

Why Agreeing to Rent Out Your Law License May Not Be the Best Idea

Solo and small firm lawyers continue to occasionally call in wanting to discuss a business opportunity that has come to be known as a “license rental” business model.  In short, these lawyers are being offered an opportunity to affiliate with an out-of-state law firm or occasionally a non-lawyer owned company, both of which are wanting [...]

How COVID-19 and a Recession Could Impact Malpractice Claims

During a recession, and for the three years following, there has historically been a huge spike in paid claims, which is a number that typically doesn’t return to a more normalized level until five years post-recession. In addition, and looking back at the events of 2008 specifically, legal malpractice insurers experienced a spike in paid [...]

ALPS COVID-19 Risk Management Alert

While missed deadlines are always a risk management concern, the significant number of uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic only serves to underscore the importance of remaining ever diligent in one’s effort to never miss a critical deadline. The good news, however, is many courts and a few states have started making moves to [...]

How to Write a ‘Closing Your Practice’ Letter

Occasionally a lawyer will reach out to me wanting clarification on what should be covered in a letter notifying active clients, whose matters the lawyer will be unable to complete in time, that they are closing their practice. Here’s my response. Ordinarily these letters will inform each client of any relevant time limitations or time [...]

Two Letterhead/Advertising Missteps You Don’t Want to Make

I’ll admit that advertising missteps rarely garner much attention from those who enforce the Rules of Professional Conduct. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise because, truth be told, complaints about what some firm is doing with their advertising campaign almost always come from competitors. Disciplinary complaints filed by consumers of legal services upset with [...]

Make the Call

Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker advocates that sometimes a good, old-fashioned phone call makes the most sense. In the past, attorneys communicated regularly via telephone but that all changed with email. After all, an email can be sent at any time of the day or night and the communication is easy to pass along to your [...]

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