Ethics


On Balance

When the Privilege Waiver Is Unclear

By | Jun.11.15 | 1 Comment

In the attorney discipline business, privilege waiver is a central issue. When a client files a state bar complaint against his attorney, privilege is waived, subject to nuances. (Of course, isn’t everything in law subject …Continue reading »


Website Marketing

Language to Keep Your Website Ethically Sound

By | Jun.03.15 | 2 Comments

You’ve spent thousands of dollars building and refining your law firm website, in hopes it attracts lots of new clients. But have you thought through the various legal issues surrounding the use of websites to market …Continue reading »


Email Management, Part 2

Two (More) Dangerous Outlook Features for Lawyers

By | Apr.28.15 | No Comments

Just because nearly everyone knows how to send email doesn’t mean they use it well. In my previous post (“Most Dangerous Outlook Features for Lawyers“), I showed you two frequently used Outlook features that trip up even …Continue reading »


Getting & Giving Referrals, Part 3

Care and Feeding of Your Referral Network

By | Apr.15.15 | 2 Comments

In the first two posts in her series on lawyer referrals, Mary Lokensgard explained how to “Get More Good Referrals for Your Law Practice” and what’s involved in the “Nuts and Bolts of Getting and Giving Referrals.” How do …Continue reading »


Getting & Giving Referrals, Part 2

Nuts and Bolts of Getting and Giving Referrals

By | Mar.30.15 | No Comments

You’ve invested time and energy in creating a referral network, but building the network wasn’t an end in itself (see “Part 1: Get More Good Referalls for Your Law Practice“). The goal is getting and giving the …Continue reading »


Clio Partner Spotlight

How Automated Calendaring Can Limit Malpractice Risk

By | Mar.30.15 | No Comments

Calendar management continues to be a major source of anxiety among legal professionals — with good reason. Calendar-related errors are the leading cause of malpractice actions against lawyers, accounting for more than a full third of …Continue reading »


Getting & Giving Referrals, Part 1

Get More Good Referrals for Your Law Practice

By | Mar.18.15 | 1 Comment

What lawyer doesn’t like getting a good referral? The potential client’s matter fits your practice, and he’s heard good things about you from the person who sent him over. So what are you doing now to …Continue reading »


Online Marketing

A Look into 2015 Ethics for Social Media

By | Mar.17.15 | No Comments

Like most lawyers, you probably would rather be cleaning your desk and reorganizing all your files instead of thinking about how you should be using social media. There is a significant reluctance from lawyers on …Continue reading »


Law Practice Management

Managing Risk: What If Your Assumptions Are Wrong?

By | Feb.19.15 | No Comments

Everyone makes assumptions. You might be surprised, though, at how many malpractice claims result merely from a lawyer working under a false assumption. Take the attorney who allows her workload to grow beyond a reasonable level — she …Continue reading »


On Balance

Keeping Better Notes

By | Jan.26.15 | No Comments

Yellow legal pads, containing what at least to a casual observer might seem unintelligible scribbles, abound in most lawyers’ offices. Of course, good legal business practice dictates that we take copious and clear notes to …Continue reading »