Billing to Avoid Ethics Complaints

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 30, 2013. When it comes to ethics complaints, nothing stirs the pot with a disgruntled client like a bill they believe is too high — and if they’re already unhappy, they are bound to think your bill is unreasonable. The trouble[…]

Hiring Someone to Run Your Legal Marketing? Here’s What You Need to Know

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on April 21, 2016. If you outsource your legal marketing to an agency, you must ensure it adheres to the rules governing legal advertising. Your Advertising Must Not Mislead While there are specific rules in each state governing legal advertising, the overarching principle[…]

5 Most Common Problems in the Attorney-Client Relationship

In this post, we’re going to talk about the most common problems in an attorney-client relationship. However, before we begin this discussion, it’s important to first explain why understanding these issues is crucial to your success as a lawyer. There are two separate areas of importance. The first area is keeping clients happy. It’s no[…]

5 Legal Practice Management Insights to Reduce Your Ethics Risk

Legal practice management is an essential tool to reduce your risk of violating ethical safeguards put in place by the bar. As legal tech continues to improve, there are more options for lawyers that help them run a better practice while remaining in compliance. Here are 5 legal practice management insights that will help you[…]

8 Incredibly Useful Attorney Mental Health Tips

Becoming a lawyer is one of the most stressful professions. Attorney mental health is an important concept. Depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other mental health concerns can negatively impact a practice. If attorney mental health leads to a bar complaint, the Americans with Disabilities Act won’t protect you. It’s important that you take care[…]

Privilege Waiver: How Does It Affect a State Bar Complaint?

When a state bar complaint is filed against you, how does a privilege waiver affect it? Because the bar investigates the complaints, it’s obvious that at least some of privilege is waived. The real question is: what amount of information is covered by the privilege waiver so that you can defend yourself against the state[…]

A Strategy for Minimizing the Risk of an Ethics Complaint

An ethics complaint is a serious matter for a lawyer. While an ethics complaint can be filed against you because of your failure to properly research a matter and argue it well, not notifying the court of an issue with your client when appropriate, or other matters that come from the actual practice of law.[…]

How to Guide: Records Retention Policy Creation for Lawyers

It’s no secret that being a lawyer generates a lot of paperwork. Although there are some great online options available for storing documents (and even sharing them with clients), that doesn’t mean that it’s possible for every law office in the United States to become paperless. Many courts still require physical copies for filing as[…]

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Represent Yourself During Attorney Discipline

Attorney discipline is a serious matter. Even relatively minor sanctions can have far reaching consequences that you may not have expected. Many lawyers decide to represent themselves for one reason: the cost associated with hiring a legal ethics defense lawyer. However, before you decide to represent yourself, you should consider the following 5 reasons you[…]

Yes, Even Small Matters Need a Signed Retainer Agreement

Retainer agreements are a common part of law firm life, particularly when the matters at hand can take a significant length of time. Yet, retainer agreements are extremely important in small matters, too. If you’re not using one for small or simple matters, you could find yourself in an extremely time consuming (and often expensive)[…]