Malpractice claims are disruptive and hurt the bottom line. By strengthening six key areas of practice management, the risk of claims can be substantially reduced.

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Floods can cause devastating damage. If your facility is located in a flood plain area or is prone to flooding, take steps to mitigate damage. If there is probability that your facility will be affected, initiate flood-proofing techniques and preparedness procedures. Preparing for a disaster of this magnitude can help you prevent your business from being washed away.

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Properly understanding the legal malpractice statute of limitations is critical to both preserving the defense should a claim ever arise, and to the timing of filing any suit for fees against a client (a last resort with a high risk of drawing a responsive malpractice claim).

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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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