An opportunity to sit on the board of a local nonprofit is finally on the table. Of course, if you accept, the board may ask you to do a little pro bono work from time to time; but hey, it feels like an offer that shouldn’t be turned down. But have you considered all the ethical minefields? We have.
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Are you strategizing for 2016, and that means looking back over your prior years’ financials. I don’t know about you but I (and most of the small business owners I) rarely look past cash flow to the bigger picture, and then usually only when we are filing our tax returns. Here are some necessary tips to help you make much better decisions in 2016.
Everything in life is a choice. Everything. The choices aren’t always between two positives or one positive and a negative. They can be between two negatives but there is always choice in everything we do.
I recently posted the picture of this mug on our Facebook Page. It got the most views and shares of anything I have ever posted (more than 35,000 as of this date)…and it was organic views. This speaks volumes about what lawyers are feeling when it comes to those (potential) clients who come in to their office who have done some preliminary research on their legal matter and then challenge the value of paying a lawyer for her knowledge. How do you combat someone who feels they know what you know by virtue of Google?
In my previous column, I discussed how cyber liability is a serious risk management issue for lawyers, given our Rule 1.6 duty to maintain the confidentiality of client information. Given the high profile cyber attacks against Target, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the United States Government, and the Ashley Madison website; many law firms may believe they are not big enough to be a target, or they don’t have data that cyber criminals would find attractive. These law firms would be wrong on both counts.
Lawyers and firms who underestimate the risk of a cyber attack or who fail to take affirmative steps to protect their data, have an increased risk of becoming the subject of a disciplinary or malpractice claim. Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information, which prohibits lawyers from revealing confidential client information, also speaks to a lawyer’s duty to protect client information. What can you do to mitigate this risk?
There is no exception in the confidentiality rule that says an attorney needn’t worry about maintaining client confidences if an electronic document is in use. That means metadata. If you don’t know what it is, or you know what it is and having been paying attention to the documents you send, you better read this post.
As I close the year 2015 and reflect back on the progress I’ve made on Rezooming my career, I need to share with you a book I’ve read several times over these past 5 years that has made a huge impact on my journey. The book is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It has 17 wonderful steps you can use as guideposts and suggestions to refocus your career.
Apparently we’re doing something which has not gone unnoticed by the ABA Journal. After almost 8 years of blogging alongside our amazing contributors (monthly and guest), the Solo Practice University® Blog has been inducted into the ABA Journal Blawg 100 Hall of Fame alongside some of our profession’s serious rock stars. Here is what they […]