Spring is the perfect time to take a fresh look at firm practices, including the firm’s prospective client intake procedures. Effectively evaluating a prospective client should determine whether they belong in the “keep” or “toss” box!
Wildfire season is upon us once again. This article from The Hartford provides some general guidance for building owners with respect to occupying structures that have been subjected to extensive smoke from wildfires, but not involved with the fire itself.
The risk management landscape for collection attorneys has become more difficult over the past few years, given the explosion of FDCPA lawsuits filed against them. A silver lining, however, is that the vast majority of these suits are frivolous, and can usually be dismissed in summary fashion.
In connection with law firm malpractice insurance however, these suits can present a trap for the unwary. It is vital that no matter how “bogus” or “innocuous” such a suit appears (or indeed turns out) to be, each and every one of them must be reported to the firm’s current (and potential future) insurer, for the three major reasons.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to unrepresented individuals who are party to a transaction or litigation, clarifying representation is very important. This article provides an answer to the question, how does a non-engagement letter protect us from claims?
The recession of the last few years has caused many law firms to reevaluate their expenses. While thoughtful frugality can help keep a firm on solid financial footing, too much cost-cutting could put a firm in jeopardy.
Given law firms’ fluid real estate needs, they often find themselves with either too much or too little space. When a firm has unused offices, it often makes good sense to sub-let to sole practitioners, resulting in a classic “win-win.” The solo is able to access the larger firm’s professional office space and infrastructure at a reasonable cost, and the firm receives rent payments to help defray its fixed costs.