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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 [...]

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 [...]

A Decision to Share Office Space Can Be a Great One, Except When It Isn’t.

Some attorneys prefer working in an office share setting. And look, I get it. The reasons for doing so can be compelling. There’s the savings on overhead, the presence of others who can provide personal and professional support, the opportunity for cross referrals, and the list goes on. While I have no desire to quash [...]

The Top Five Risk Tips for Solo Attorneys

1) In accordance with ABA Model Rule 1.3, plan for your death or disability by designating a successor attorney. There is an obligation to prevent neglect of a client matter post attorney death or disability.  Therefore, finding someone willing to step in and administer the winding down of your practice should the unexpected ever happen, [...]

Utah State Bar Endorses ALPS as the Legal Malpractice Insurance Carrier of Choice for Members.

Effective July, 1, the Utah State Bar announced its exclusive endorsement of ALPS to meet the malpractice insurance needs of its members.  The Bar was impressed by ALPS’ proven track record, financial stability, excellent policy coverage and proactive risk management practices. “Given its understanding and commitment to lawyers and the legal profession, we felt ALPS [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 17: Studying Self-Medication and Seeking a Remedy

Patrick R. Krill, JD, LLM shifted from the practice of law to addiction counseling at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. In partnership with the American Bar Association, Krill collaborated on a study of substance abuse among members of the legal community surveying approximately 15,000 lawyers in 19 states. Mark was able to sit down with [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 14: Am I Solving the Right Problem?

 Staying relevant. Embracing technology to increase efficiency. Investing the time it takes to improve. Attorney and cultural ambassador at his firm in Tacoma, Washington, Jordan Couch connects with with Mark and offers his perspective on what a law firm can become simply by looking at everything a bit differently. ALPS In Brief, The ALPS [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 13: Protecting the Public

While he was facilitating the State Bar of Nevada Strategic Planning, ALPS Executive Vice President Chris Newbold, also had the opportunity to sit down with Gene Leverty, Bar President. Nevada is contemplating requiring mandatory malpractice insurance as a condition of licensure. One of the reasons behind the move is to protect the public from engaging [...]

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 [...]