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Bare Naked Lawyers
Many attorneys today are ‘going bare’ without E&O coverage. This article discusses benefits of being insured, the risks of going bare, and provides two cautionary tales that illustrate the potential pitfalls.
Best Practices May Make Perfect
This article provides pointers on best practices for the attorney-client relationship, from solicitation to conclusion of the engagement and beyond.
Betwixt, Between and Bequeathing
Trusts & estates law inherently involves sensitive and personal matters, which makes attorneys who practice in that area uniquely susceptible...
C.L.E. Course: How to Recognize & Respond to 'Dirty Tricks'
As an Aon Attorneys Advantage policyholder you have access to 3 free Continuing Legal Education course hours every year.
Can you Keep a Secret?
Confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements are the rule these days. Defendants want to avoid the bad publicity...
Clear Notice of Alteration of the Attorney-Client Relationship
Typically an attorney-client relationship ends with filing of a withdrawal. In a recent malpractice case the court found a relationship may still be implied under certain circumstances.
Cyber Attacks: Are you prepared?
As more people and devices connect, the risk of cybercrime increases. This infographic provides key facts, figures and steps to address the challenges ahead.
C.L.E. Course: Negotiation Ethics for Lawyers (Introduction)
As an Aon Attorneys Advantage policyholder, you have access to 3 free Continuing Legal Education credit hours every year.
Common Misconceptions about Privacy Data Breaches
Eight common misconceptions debunked, such as: data breaches only occur at large corporations, only credit cards get stolen, and a breach will not impact my revenue. Get the facts about cybercrime and cyber insurance.
Danger of Commingling and Conversion of Client and Third Party Funds
All lawyers know that it is wrong to steal from clients. These days, however, the ethics rules require that lawyers to do more than avoid stealing.
Do You Represent Multiple Clients in the Same Matter?
The thrill of obtaining a multiple client assignment also imposes the responsibility of identifying the persons and interests that you will represent.
Firing your Client
Although clients generally have an absolute right to discharge their attorneys, either with or without cause, lawyers do not have the same right.
Practical Lessons for Probate Attorneys
Disputes over wills, trusts and the disposition of estates are common and the frequency of litigation against attorneys who practice in the field is on the rise.
Prior Knowledge and the Pitfalls That Come with it
What evidence is there of your “prior knowledge”? Maybe your admission. Or maybe not.
Referral Fee Agreements
It is common practice for lawyers to refer cases to one another. It is also common for lawyers to collect a fee for those referrals.
NEW C.L.E Course: Illegal Thics: What NOT to do when you hate your client (and other ethical lapses by lawyers in movies)
Your Aon Attorneys Advantage policyholders have access to 3 free C.L.E. credit hours every year. Review the latest article.
Formal Opinion 483: ABA’s New Breach Notification Obligations for Lawyers and Law Firms
This article lays out the ABA’s recommendations pre- and post-breach for: breach monitoring, adopting an incident response plan, preserving client confidentiality, and the firms notification requirements after a breach.
Rejecting Potential Clients and Avoiding Risks
Often, risk management is most effective when practiced before any attorney-client relationship begins.
Risks in Informal Consultations
There are risks involved in informal communications with persons about their legal matters. If a person reasonably believes that a lawyer is providing legal advice...
Hacked and Smacked: The Lurking Danger and Costly Ramifications of a Data Breach
Law firms provide a target rich environment for cybercriminals. Twenty-two percent of firms experienced a breach in 2017. Learn about recent attacks, your duties to protect your client data, and how to prepare your firm.
Starting an Attorney-Client Relationship
Imagine this common scenario: a client comes to you after having an unfortunate and unsatisfactory result in a medical procedure.
Stepping Over the State Line: Your License to Practice Law has its Limits
One of the biggest traps for lawyers is "MJP." MJP stands for multi-jurisdictional practice.
The Risk Lawyers Face from Aiding and Abetting and Civil Conspiracy Claims
Lawyers generally think that their only liability risk comes from making mistakes in their representation of clients. Think again.
The Tripartite Relationship and Attorney-Client Privilege
In the litigious era in which we live, lawyers are increasingly blamed if their representation of a client does not go as the client expected.
The Unintended Client and Engagement Letters
Every year malpractice claims are made against lawyers by individuals that the lawyers never considered to be their clients.
Victims of Social Engineering Fraud: A Trend You Do Not Want to Follow
The emergence of a worrisome trend involving email hacking is plaguing law firms that find themselves involved with wire transfers of client funds.
What's a Relationship without a Formal Engagement? Trouble!
A well-drafted engagement, non-engagement and disengagement letter can help reduce the probability of a legal malpractice claim. This article discusses the sections you should include to help manage client expectations.