Avoid Risks When Dealing with Contract Lawyers

Even if contract lawyers are a huge value for law firms if used properly, there are some risks that law firms may not always consider. Many of them use contract lawyers, either to give a helping hand with work overload on a daily basis or assisting with large document reviews for one single matter. These firms may also use contract lawyers to help meet short-term staffing needs with none of…

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How to Bring Your Practice Into the 21st Century

We all know that most risk management tools that worked ten or twenty years ago are no longer as important today. Whether we’re talking about engagement letters, fee contracts, calendar control systems, or document retention policies, one thing is certain. In the 21st century, old ways will not always get the job done. Today, cybersecurity or cloud computing have become important tools for a good law practice. Bar members need…

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Five Bad Habits that Lawyers Need to Break

There is a lot of data out there regarding legal malpractice claims against lawyers, and it includes things like frequency, type of law, the size of the firms, and even amounts of damages sought. All that information can be very useful to lawyers and law firms who want to identify areas of potential risk and take the necessary precautions. Some of the most obvious risk prevention measures are relatively easy…

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Tips for Making Sure You Comply with Your Ethical Obligations

Attorneys are generally aware of the ethical obligations they have toward their clients and they take them seriously. However, law firms don’t simply assume that their lawyers are complying with their ethical obligations and they take steps to assist them whenever ethical issues arise, and, in some cases, help minimize the potential harm facing the client, attorney, and firm. A law firm’s efforts in helping its attorneys and partners comply…

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Useful Career Tips for Law Firm Associates

Associates working in a law firm may often times feel like they are serving two masters: their law firm and their obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct. Associates have a unique roll; they sometimes bear the weight of completing different legal services under the supervision and direction of the law firm’s partners or other senior attorneys. They don’t yet have any clients of their own, but they are honing…

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How to Save Money on Professional Liability Insurance

Almost every law firm and practice consider legal malpractice insurance essential, but not all of them actually check whether they are getting the best prices from their insurers. The most important document that insurers use to calculate a legal malpractice insurance premium is the application. They usually ask various questions, most of which focus on four important things: the firm’s size, their practice areas, geographical reach, and their claims experience….

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