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On Balance

On Balance by Megan Zavieh

CLE: Five Affordable Ways to Learn More About the Law

CLE can be an expensive chore. With a little extra effort you can find ways to make it affordable — and more fulfilling. Here's how.

Megan Zavieh - August 13, 2018
On Balance by Megan Zavieh

When It’s Your Mental Health, the Bar Can Wait

Individuals preparing for bar admission may face a terrible predicament — weighing the need for mental health treatment against the likely difficulty imposed by the bar if they disclose treatment in their moral character application. This needs ...

Megan Zavieh - July 24, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

An Honest Audit Leads to a Brighter Future

There are myriad reasons to run an efficient, sound, organized law practice. Here are two great ones, from an ethics standpoint: First, it helps lawyers avoid making the costly errors that lead to ethics trouble. Second, when lawyers receive a ...

Megan Zavieh - June 13, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

VPN: A Simple Step Toward Cybersecurity

Many lawyers are intimidated by technology issues, including how to keep their data safe. Yet in a world where large cities can be held up by ransomware attacks and hackers can shut down multinational law firms, we are far past the point where ...

Megan Zavieh - April 12, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Rethinking Your Community to Improve Ethics Compliance — and Your Outlook

In previous columns, I have talked about the concept of tribes and building a network to support you when your practice takes off in a major way and you need extra help. But have you thought about ways to broaden the scope of your community to ...

Megan Zavieh - March 8, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Your Law Practice Renovation, Part 2

In last month’s post, “Kick Off the New Year with a Practice Renovation,” we discussed starting the year with a renewed ethics drive and addressing common problem areas like advertising, insurance and file closures. Picking up where we left off, ...

Megan Zavieh - February 8, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

Kick Off the New Year With a Law Practice Renovation, Part 1

In my December post, “A Pre-Year-End Checklist for Solos and Small Firms,” we ran through the major systems of a law practice and took stock of concerns to attend to in the new year. (If you missed it, be sure to go back and get the downloadable ...

Megan Zavieh - January 8, 2018
On Balance Legal Ethics

A Pre-Year-End Checklist for Solos and Small Firms

As we approach the end of the year, it is a great time to run through your practice's systems to see which ones may be ethics risks in their current state. This will help you prepare for an end-of-year audit of your biggest risks — and plan how ...

Megan Zavieh - December 5, 2017
On Balance Legal Ethics

Ethically Outsourcing Social Media Management

It's a given that you need to delegate or outsource some tasks if you want to grow as a firm. There are only so many hours in a day, and if you try to do absolutely everything yourself, it will mean limited revenues and likely unbearable hours ...

Megan Zavieh - November 8, 2017
On Balance Legal Ethics

Overcoming Fear of Success Through Ethical Safeguards

Self-employed lawyers rely heavily on their ability to propel their businesses forward — more so than lawyers employed by others or partners of large firms. Fail to keep the engines going and your practice will close. Too much propulsion, ...

Megan Zavieh - October 12, 2017