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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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
If you currently use email to communicate with clients via PGP/GPG or S/MIME for encryption, those emails may not be secure. However, while several critical vulnerabilities were discovered in email, technology…Read more
The January 2018 issue of the South Carolina Lawyer magazine has a helpful article by Barbara M. Seymour which outlines exactly how a lawyer must handle unclaimed funds. It also includes advice on making sure you don’t have a problem with unclaimed funds in the future.
Make sure your firm is compliant and read her article today.
Sometimes, it’s hard to write a succession plan because you don't like to think about being dead or disabled. However, it is imperative, changing and something all lawyers can do per Law Practice.org, Managing Law Firm Transition and Rule 1.19 of the S.C. Rules of Professional Conduct.
At a minimum, write a letter to your paralegal or the attorney who would mind your office explaining to them what they would need to know if you were outside of service on a long vacation. Then, make an emergency plan should you become disabled, incapacitated or not able to act inside your practice again. Print the Preparation Checklist to plan accordingly. Fill out this form to add your successor(s) to the registry maintained by the Bar. Finally, use this Agreement to Close a Law Practice as a model agreement between you and your successor(s).
If you have questions or would like more information on succession planning, contact the Practice Management Assistance Program.
The ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession has worked with other entities to develop voluntary good practices guidance for lawyers to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The Task Force has concerns about how mandatory gatekeeper provisions might affect confidential attorney-client relationships and other issues. Below are two publications from the ABA Task Force.