Respect Client Confidentiality and Advertising Rules When Crafting Online Bios

Almost all attorneys have some sort of presence online, be it through professional networking sites such as LinkedIn or their law firms. Most law firms do indeed publish a bio for each attorney they employ, typically covering their education, practice areas, and any prior experience they may have. Online bios are nothing out of the ordinary, but an attorney’s management of their bio does pose certain risks that they should…

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Potential Risks to Be Aware of When Valuing Claims

When hiring attorneys, clients may not only expect them to have knowledge of any relevant legal procedures but to also provide counsel regarding the risks and possible outcomes of a matter. In the case of litigators, it may mean that the client expects an evaluation of their potential liability or recovery in connection with a lawsuit. In most litigations, settlement is usually at least considered at some point or another,…

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A Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media: Keeping It Professional

Social media allows everyone to instantly share whatever they’re thinking with the world but given the many heated issues we face every day, we can sometimes lose ourselves in it all and post something in anger or passion, which may lead to regrets down the road. Things become especially difficult for attorneys, who may sometimes view their presence on social media websites to be in a personal capacity. The reality,…

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Tips for Choosing a Professional Negligence Insurance Policy

Most law practices today know that it’s worth having a professional liability insurance, even if they operate in states which don’t require them to. A much harder analysis, though, can be to determine what type of coverage to purchase and for what amounts. Brokers and insurers can help with answering those questions, but let’s look at some factors a practice might want to consider. Choosing the Right Insurer When you…

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Five Quick Tips to Help Reduce Risks for Replacement Counsel

It is within a client’s rights to choose the counsel which they believe will be most effective in dealing with their case. In some cases, a client may engage replacement counsel when an ongoing matter is not going as well as they had hoped. Whatever the client’s issues with their prior counsel, be they miscommunications, questionable management, or just an inadequate fit, the client may expect the replacement counsel of…

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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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Lawyers Need to Know About the ABA’s Changes to Attorney Advertising Rules

Practicing law is essentially a business, and as one aspect of this business, most lawyers and law firms engage in marketing and advertising to increase their market share or get new clients. In the age of social media, though, the ethical rules that govern advertising can sometimes be strict and hard to understand. The ABA recently approved a series of changes to Model Rules 7.1 through 7.2, which are the…

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New Litigation Settlements Tax, Legal Fees No Longer Deductible

Beginning with January 1st, 2018, some changes to the tax code have changed how settlements are taxed and many plaintiffs will now be taxed on their gross recoveries, while attorney fees will no longer be deductible. For example, a plaintiff who settles for $100,000 will be taxed on that amount, regardless if they pay their lawyers $40,000 or more. In cases with bigger recoveries, the situation can look a lot…

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