The Shelter-in-Place Survival Guide for Attorneys Working from Home

While we’ve all watched at least one movie, reality show, read one book, met one person, or have one family member focusing on the SHTF / survivalism / doomsday / pandemic scenario and maybe there are a few reading this who enjoy hobby homesteading, gardening, foraging, camping, or remember everything they learned during their days of earning countless merit badges, most weren’t quite prepared for shelter-in-place-kitchen-table-replacing-local-school-while-trying-to-work-and-avoiding-panic-buying-crowds. We just weren’t. Even if you enjoyed bargain shopping, there’s little any of us can really do to prepare for a pandemic. Hoards of toilet paper won’t protect you. While liquor stores deliver, schools are closed and lawyers are losing their jobs. Courts are shut down.

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Finding Accountability as a Solo Lawyer

Finding Accountability as a Solo

This article was originally published on Lawyerist.com

The idea of accountability is touted across all areas of self-improvement. Need to exercise? Have a workout partner waiting for you at the gym so you’ll be less likely to bail. Dieting? Do it with your partner so you’ll commiserate about the missed calories and encourage each other over Thanksgiving. Budgeting for the first time? Have a monthly budget meeting with an accountability partner.

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Sample Document Destruction Policy

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on January 21, 2014. Voluminous paper and electronic files are not just a hassle to store and manage, but keeping files beyond your ethical obligation to do so can actually be troublesome. You need to know the rules applicable in your state and[…]

Social Media, Judges, and Lawyers

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on June 5, 2013. Judges are on social media, making their online profiles prime targets for lawyers looking to know more about the triers of fact. Lawyers must be careful, though, not to step across the line to unethical conduct when using social media to[…]

Trust Accounting Basics

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 4, 2014. Managing trust accounts – handling other people’s money – is one of the most sensitive things lawyers do, and one of the most common sources of ethical violations. You must know the rules. Common Rules Every state has its[…]

Virginia Bar Takes Aim at Avvo

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on October 31, 2017. On Friday, October 27, 2017, Virginia Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics voted to send Legal Ethics Opinion 1885 to the Supreme Court for Adoption. LEO 1885 addresses third-party platforms offering legal services on a flat fee basis. While it could[…]

How to Keep Your Client Safe From Solicitation

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 10, 2014. Some of the most fundamental rules governing the ethics of lawyers relate to attorney advertising. Don’t over-promise in your ads, include basic disclaimers, and never offer your services to someone you know is already represented. Related: Law Firm Website: Is Your[…]

Practical Advice for Taking Better Notes

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on November 2, 2015. A file of complete and thorough notes is gold when you have to detail your work for an ethics or malpractice claim, to work through a billing dispute, to transfer a file to another lawyer, to prepare a declaration in support[…]

Earned Fees & Unearned Fees: Handling a Mixed Check

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 30, 2014. Handling client funds correctly is critical to the success of your law practice, not only for business reasons but for ethical ones. It is essential to properly handle a check which contains a mix of fund types.   Related: Billing to[…]

Astroturfing to Technethics, the New Vocabulary of Legal Ethics

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 25, 2013. Ethics blogs and journalists spend a lot of time writing about new technology and how it impacts the world of legal ethics. All this writing spawned a new vocabulary. It can get very wordy to describe something without a name, particularly[…]