In Palmer v. Superior Court, the court has held that the attorney-client privilege may apply to intra-firm communications with a law firm’s in-house counsel concerning a present client threatening a malpractice claim. Palmer provides guidance on establishing a genuine attorney-client relationship with in-house counsel that enjoys the protection of the privilege should a claim later materialize.

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Social Media use is on the rise. According to Pew Research Center, 52% of online adults now use two or more social media sites. Social media can spread complaints like wildfire. How should you respond to negative social media comments? Read our Tip of the Month for important information on how you can minimize the damaging effects negative social media comments can have on your firm.

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The overwhelming majority of law firms lack the resources to employ in-house ethics counsel full time. Nevertheless, responsible small and midsize firms must be prepared to address thorny ethical questions or claims of wrongdoing if and when they arise. Law firms must know where to seek help before a problem arises.

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On Tuesday, 04/08/14, Microsoft will cease official support of Windows XP.  IT Security experts expect a significant influx of cyber attacks targeting current Windows XP users. The decision by Microsoft and other software providers to discontinue support escalates the need for Windows XP users to secure cyber liability coverage immediately.

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How best to allocate insurance dollars is a perennial issue that lawyers need to address. Following are seven recommendations in connection with malpractice insurance (along with three “bonus” observations on employment practices liability [EPL], cyber, and directors and officers liability insurance [D&O]), which will hopefully help you be a savvier buyer at your next renewal.

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) turns four on March 23, 2014. However, even though the ACA has been around for years, it kicks into high gear this year with market focused provisions designed to create new healthcare delivery and insurance systems. While 2014 promises to be a challenging year, administrators can take 5 practical steps to position their firms to win big in this new marketplace.

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Communication is key to avoiding malpractice claims by a client. The Rules of Professional Conduct require that an attorney keep clients “reasonably informed.” Learn specific steps you should take to help keep clients informed and to help prevent a malpractice lawsuit.

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Help you firm prevent slips and falls this holiday season. Between inclement weather and floors buffed to their holiday best, tis the season for slips and trips.  Follow these guidelines to help mitigate these related risks.

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The drafters of the California Rules of Professional Conduct are rarely accused of being “glass half full” types. A prime example is found in the title of the applicable rule on competence, Rule 3-110: Failing to Act Competently (emphasis added). While most lawyers take compliance with this rule for granted, the following methods of breaking it (and attracting the attention of the State Bar disciplinary authorities) should nonetheless be kept in mind.

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A robust fee agreement can serve as a cornerstone for a successful attorney-client relationship and, if the relationship should turn sour, be a valuable source of protection against unfounded malpractice allegations.

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