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How Recent is Your Mobile Backup?

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If your office smartphone or tablet were to "brick," or no longer work, could you recover data to a new device?

Many iPhone and Android owners recently found themselves answering this question because of bad updates, bugs and repairs. Users who maintained iPhone or Android backups on a regular basis were able to quickly bounce back, but those who didn’t were not as lucky.

If you are planning to download the latest manufacturer update, be sure to check if your mobile device is eligible for software updates (Android or iPhone), has enough space (Android or iPhone), has a backup in several locations (cloud, hard drive, external drive) and properly downloads the update (Android or iPhone).

Contact pmap@scbar.org for information or assistance.

Just Two Days Left for Early Bird Price

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The Law Practice Management and Technology for the Small Firm seminar will be held June 22, but the great early bird price of $125 (you must be a member of the Solo & Small Firm Section) is over at the midnight, Friday, June 8.

Section members can still attend for a mere $175 after that. Special speaker Ellen Freedman will lead sessions on Getting Paid, The Paperless Office, and Ethical Marketing on a Budget. ABA best-selling author, David Maxfield, will share tips from his book, The Lean Law Firm, and national cybersecurity expert Tim Mullen will help you prepare your firm against cybersecurity attacks. Lunch is included in the price. Come network with your fellow lawyers at this one of a kind event, or join the live Webcast from your own computer.

Not a member of the Section? Join by contacting Emily Worley eworley@scbar.org or visit www.scbar.org/solo for details on joining.

2018 Hurricane Season Begins

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Before the 2018 hurricane season could officially begin on June 1, Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on May 28 causing Florida, Mississippi and Alabama to declare states of emergency. Resulting heavy rainfall in the western Carolinas has resulted in flash flooding, landslides, power outages and loss of life. This year’s hurricane forecast predicts a 70% likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes.

Emergency planning and preparedness are critical to facing and surviving severe weather events safely and with as little disruption as possible. The Bar’s Practice Management Assistance Program shares these tips and checklists to get law firms ready before disaster strikes. Contact pmap@scbar.org with questions or additional information.

The YLD Disaster Relief Committee also trains to prepare disaster legal relief when our state experiences catastrophic disasters, such as the flooding of October 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Relief is provided in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the ABA via a disaster relief website, legal services hotline and provision of not-for-profit legal services by lawyers of all ages and practice areas.

For more information or to volunteer to provide disaster legal services, contact ksnipes@scbar.org.

In addition the SC Emergency Management Division’s 2018 Hurricane Guide is set to be distributed statewide this week in newspapers. You can also download a copy here.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.

Be prepared!

How to Maintain Your Digital Diet

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Do you obsessively check your cell phone?

You could be wasting more time than you realize, as well as missing out on a lot of the real world. You may need some simple ways to balance your digital diet.

The Center for Humane Technology offers these suggestions on how to live more intentionally. Time magazine also shares nine ways to develop better digital habits.

For more tips or information, contact pmap@scbar.org.