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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Navigating the Attorney-Client Relationship with Technology

  As we all wait to see what comes next with COVID-19 as cities temporarily ban the gathering of large groups, entire businesses close down their physical locations and set their workers up remotely, entire school systems come to a halt, the NBA temporarily suspends its season, and many panic and rush to buy bottled[…]

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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Courts May Ignore Your Fax Filing

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 4, 2013. Litigators work under tight rule and court-imposed deadlines. What if a rule allowing you to file by fax is at odds with the actual court practice of receiving faxed filings? Is a lawyer ethically bound to know the realities[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

California Says You Must Understand E-Discovery in Order to Litigate

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on July 22, 2015. California’s proposed ethics opinion on attorney duties in e-discovery has been finalized. The opinion is unsurprising in terms of its analysis of today’s technology and long-standing ethics rules, and it highlights that in today’s world, discovery is extremely complex and high[…]

In the Courtroom, Personal Political Views Must Take a Backseat to Client Interests

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on September 21, 2016.   In 2016, an Ohio lawyer supporting the Black Lives Matter movement appeared in court for a client, apparently with no case link to BLM, while wearing a BLM pin. The judge took issue with the pin and asked her to[…]

Responding to an Ethics Complaint: A How-To Guide

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on March 4, 2013. Bar complaint statistics have been updated to reflect the summary report provided by the California State Bar for 2018.   Every year, ethics boards receive thousands of complaints. The California State Bar alone received almost 16,000 in 2018, a number that[…]