SCAM ALERT: Stay vigilant about email and firm security

One new twist on the scam pattern:

Residential closing firms have been recently victimized by a hacker getting into email communications with lenders, particularly out-of-state lenders, and changing wire transfer instructions from the firm account to a similarly named account at an out-of-state bank.

Lawyers in all practice areas are encouraged to inform their staff of potential scams and the dangers of opening suspicious email attachments, and to be wary of any changes in instruction from anyone outside your firm!

If you have questions, please contact the Bar’s Practice Management Assistance Program at pmap@scbar.org.

Questions about how to ethically handle your trust account in South Carolina?

For a quick answer, check out the handy Guide to Trust Accounting and Financial Recordkeeping in South Carolina. It has recently been updated, and you can read or download a copy here.

Don’t forget, you can also ask the Bar! Contact Jill Rothstein, Risk Management Director jrothstein@scbar.org or Nichole Davis, Risk Management Counsel ndavis@scbar.org.

The Practice Management Assistance Program (PMAP) is a free resource for Bar members. Go to our online content www.scbar.org/pmap or contact us at pmap@scbar.org.

Have you checked out the SC Bar Lending Library?

Are you looking for helpful hints to help you grow your practice?

Want to learn more about how to incorporate technology in your office?

Is it time to prepare for retirement?

The SC Bar Lending Library has over 170+ practice management and technology books available to bar members in good standing on these topics and more!

Bar members can check up to two books per a three-week period. If additional time is needed to finish reviewing the item(s), bar members may email the Lending Library Manager to request a three-week extension of time from the original due date. Material extensions of time are only granted if there is not a waiting list for that particular item.

To check out a book, bar members can visit the Lending Library located on the second floor of the South Carolina Bar at 950 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC. Out of town members who are unable to come in person may mail this checkout form with a $5 check for shipping/handling.

Learn more about the Lending Library here or check out the newest resources and overall inventory. Do you have questions about checking out a book or about the Lending Library, in general? Email eworley@scbar.org or pmap@scbar.org.

Old iPads, iPhones, Androids, Tablets, Oh My!

You’re thinking about buying a new iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet but what should you do with the old one? Toss it out?Recycle it? Sell it? Or put it to good use?

Getting rid of an old phone or tablet (not to mention ALL THAT DATA) can be quite overwhelming! However, it may not be as hard as it may seem! Discover a few simple resources and tips below to help make the switch an easier one:

Old iPhones, iPads, iPods, OH MY!

Old Android phones, tablets, etc.

Do you have a question about this topic? Email  pmap@scbar.org.

What is a LegalBoard?

Has this happened to you?

You’re deep in thought, writing a legal document on your PC, when you have to stop what you’re doing to remember how to insert a section symbol. Or maybe it’s the paragraph symbol, or the abbreviation for the court.

Lawyer Brian H. Potts has developed a keyboard for lawyers, called the LegalBoard.

LegalBoard puts symbols, track changes, common legal terms and more–right on your keyboard! If you are interested in learning more about this time and aggravation-saving device, read reviews on LawSites and Lawyerist.com.

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