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Finding Time to Be a Lifelong Learner

"I just need extra time to implement that email organizing process you taught me." "When I have the time, I'll use that delegation process you shared with us." "Next week, when things are a little less busy, I'll get to process and study those materials you sent." I could keep going...on and on. But, I [...]

By |2018-12-07T15:07:57+00:00December 12th, 2018|Attorney Wellness, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

The False Sense of Security that Comes with Redundant Calendaring Systems

In my experience, almost all lawyers have redundant calendars in place. Often there’s a primary master calendar and some sort of backup, which could be anything from a digital backup to a secretary’s paper calendar. Some attorneys go even further. For example, in addition to a primary master calendar and some sort of backup, there [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 25: Avoiding Claims – 6 Practices Every Lawyer Should Implement

In this episode of the ALPS in Brief podcast, ALPS claims attorney Kobi Gibbs sits down with ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte to offer examples and advise on best practices to implement to avoid finding yourself dealing with claims. ALPS In Brief, The ALPS Risk Management Podcast, is hosted by ALPS Risk Manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte. [...]

Document, Document, Document

A lot of legal malpractice claims come down to a he-said-she-said between the lawyer and the client and, despite ethical obligation of candor imposed upon lawyers, more often than not those type of disputes go the way of the client absent that documentation. Imagine the client who negotiates a business deal and comes to you [...]

Share Your Dreams With These 3 People

Can you imagine your work and your life a year from now? What can you anticipate coming your way? What could impact the way you do your job? And, what will your family look like in regards to the changes you know are coming? Recently, I spoke for a group of Majors and Lt Colonels [...]

By |2018-11-13T16:43:00+00:00November 14th, 2018|Attorney Wellness, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

When The Client Wants Your File Too

You’ve given it your all and your client has been pleased with how the matter progressed. However, now that things are wrapping up, this client thought the time was right to let you know that once everything is finalized you are to turn over the original file. In short, you’ve just been informed you are [...]

Disengagement Letters Verses Letters of Closure – Two Sides of the Same Coin

Some may view this as me being nitpicky, but there is a difference between disengagement letters and letters of closure. Yes, while both serve to document the conclusion of representation, it’s the underlying reason for their use that differentiates the two. As I’ve written in the past, closure letters are to be used at the [...]

Why Would A Small Law Firm Be An Attractive Target For A Cyber Criminal?

Regardless of size, any and every law firm is an attractive target for a cyber criminal.  Think about it.  Law firms serve clients of all shapes and sizes in every sector of our economy and thus a significant amount of the data residing on law firm networks, backup drives, laptops, PCs, and mobile devices is [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 24: Train the Brain: Why Lawyer Mindfulness is Good Business

Jeff Bunn, lawyer, wellness expert and owner of the Mindful Law Coaching and Consulting Group, presents the business case for investing in attorney wellness. As he sits down with ALPS Executive Vice President, Chris Newbold, Jeff lays out why making mindfulness a priority in the legal profession makes sense not just from the health standpoint, [...]