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Bearer of Bad News

Sure, we wish that every day would result in good news delivered to a happy client. And we also know that just isn't realistic. Delivering that good news is rewarding for both you and your client. Reporting bad news can be devastating for your client and absolutely deflating to you as the attorney. However, there [...]

By | 2018-04-24T14:11:03+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Don’t Manage Time. Do Manage Yourself.

What are your motivations for action? Yes, that's right, I'm asking you to write down your own "motivations." Before I guide you to better manage yourself - and therefore your time - I want you to look in the mirror. Spring has sprung for much of the country. From California to Texas and all the [...]

By | 2018-04-09T15:21:47+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Keeping It All Together, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 11: Where Legal Tech is Heading

If you are not already aware, ALPS proudly partners with Clio, the easy-to-use cloud-based law practice management software company with over 150,000 subscribing lawyers.  ALPS policyholders enjoy a 10% lifetime discount on their Clio subscription. We are also lucky to work with Clio to better understand where legal tech is heading and how we can [...]

3 Things to Consider When Wearing Your Counselor Hat

Attorneys often wear many hats for their clients. In this short video, Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker looks at an attorney’s role as a counselor. She focuses on three things to consider when wearing your counselor hat. Transcript We answer to a variety of names.  Lawyer.  Attorney.  Advocate.  But there’s one name that sometimes gets overlooked [...]

By | 2018-03-27T14:48:16+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Engagement Letters Matter

Could there be a better time than spring to think about engagement letters?! The birds are singing, the flowers are out, the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect time to clean up those client files and make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row. Engagement letters can be summarized in one simple [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 10: Why is mandatory malpractice insurance gaining ground?

ALPS Executive Vice President, Chris Newbold, recently sat down with Doug Ende, the Chief Disciplinary Counsel at the Washington State Bar Association in the Bar's Seattle offices. Doug was able to shed some light on mandatory malpractice insurance from a disciplinary perspective and how coverage not only protects attorneys but ultimately is a protection for [...]

File Storage and a Hidden Conflict Trap

Some will find it difficult to swallow; but there may be potential conflict traps hiding somewhere on your network, particularly if you practice at a firm that keeps a digital copy of everything everyone does at the firm. Consider the following hypothetical. Six months ago, one of the partners at a small firm decided to [...]

Inside vs Outside Limits in 2 Minutes

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between inside and outside limits for legal malpractice insurance, ALPS Business Development Representative Kurt Whitmire provides a two-minute explanation. Transcript: Hi this is Kurt Whitmire, Business Development Representative for ALPS Insurance. Today I'm here to talk to you about the important topic of inside versus outside policy [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 9: The LLLT, Pioneering Efforts in Access to Justice

Recorded from the Washington State Bar Association offices in Seattle, ALPS Executive Vice President, Chris Newbold, sits down with WSBA Executive Director, Paula Littlewood to discuss Washington’s pioneering efforts in improving access to justice through the Limited Legal License Technician (LLLT) licensure. Today there are 80-90% of people with civil legal problems, particularly people in [...]

To Text or Not to Text. That is the Question

At times it’s hard to believe. Not only have all of our kids reached adulthood, but every one of them is financially independent. Trust me, I checked that “raise the kids” item off my life’s “to do” list with a tear in my eye! Now, although they are all living on their own, this doesn’t [...]