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Stay Out of the Sand Traps: Common Malpractice Mistakes

We are all human (although non-lawyers may question from time to time whether lawyers are an entirely different species) and even the best lawyers make mistakes. With a little preparation and attention to detail, however, we can minimize the pitfalls that surround the practice of law. In doing so, we can also make our practices [...]

How to Create a Data Security Plan

The belief that a computer or network breach is a 'when,' not an 'if' is practically dogma now. Given this reality, every law practice, regardless of size, should have a data security plan in place. Yes, I recognize this task can seem daunting — particularly if you have no idea where to start — but [...]

Cyber Crime: Why Your Ignorance is Their Power

Few law firms seem to fully appreciate the level of risk that attorneys and staff truly represent. Of course, the ultimate goal is to avoid having to deal with a cyber breach at all because, as stated above, actions that seek to prevent a breach are going to be easier and less stressful than any [...]

Things to Consider BEFORE you sign a Tolling Agreement

You are working away in your office when out of the blue, you receive an email or telephone call from an attorney who represents a former client. The attorney tells you that they have been asked to review the work you did for the former client and that they are probably not planning to sue [...]

Beware of Personalized Email and Phone Scams

As the general population becomes ever more skilled at spotting and avoiding the various email and phone scams cybercriminals perpetrate, scammers can only respond by upping their game. Whenever they do, the rest of us need to come up to speed on how scams are changing so we all can continue to successfully spot and [...]

You, Only Better: How Leaders Think about Self-Care

I work with leaders at companies as varied as finance, law, healthcare, education, and more. As their "Executive Coach," they ask me surface-level questions such as, "how can I get things done more efficiently?" or "how can I organize my email and calendar to be more effective?" Professionally, I acknowledge them for asking what seem [...]

The Cost of Stress is Higher Than You Think

Ready to make your health a priority in your law practice and daily worklife balance? Lauren Baptiste partnered with ALPS for a 1-hour wellness webinar! Take the On-Demand course: "Why Making a Personal Wellness Pledge is Good for You and for Business"  “Stress” and “burnout” are two terms commonly tossed around the office, but many [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 32: Making Your Mark

Trying to establish an advocate or mentor relationship as a woman in law? Andrea Canfield, president of the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers and fifth-year Corporate Associate at Stoel Rives, offers advice and insights on how to successfully navigate a male-dominated practice group. Transcript: MARK B: Hello. I'm Mark Bassingthwaighte, the Risk Manager with ALPS. [...]

Most Dangerous Areas of Practice for Dabbling

Asking an attorney not to “dabble” in an unfamiliar area of practice is an easy concept to grasp, but much more difficult to put in practice.  Article after article has been written about the dangers of taking on a new type of case, and the risks associated with doing so — however, not every attorney [...]