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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Courts may ignore your fax filing

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[…]

Document destruction policy

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 for Lawyers
California ethics for lawyers: you must understand e-discovery in order to litigate.

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[…]

In Courtroom Personal Political Views Take Backseat to Client Interests

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[…]

Responding to an Ethics Complaint: A How To Guide
How lawyers can take better notes

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[…]

Earned Fees and Unearned Fees in Mixed Checks

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[…]

attorney-client relationship

Who Decides What in the Attorney-Client Relationship?

This post was written by Megan Zavieh and originally published on Lawyerist.com on February 27, 2015. The attorney-client relationship is one of varying degrees of collaboration, depending on how involved your client chooses to be, how sophisticated they are in legal matters, and the type of case.   But no matter how sophisticated your client may[…]