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.
When you are running your own solo practice, the subject of work-life balance often arises. We discuss prioritizing work with date nights, family time, school plays, exercise, etc. For the most part though, the discussion revolves around couples and concerns regarding marital quality time and children.
For some reason when you are single no one talks about the work-life balance of building your business and trying to find a suitable partner. Well, let’s discuss it.
In the big scheme of things, I confess my rezooming office is a mess. I know where everything is. Yet my family walks by and scratches their collective head. This past January, I addressed the piles of paper in need of filing. I emptied out my office completely, putting everything in like/kind piles on my dining room table. I knew the organizational process would take time but clearly I would be done before I needed to use the table again. But is a messy office the sign of a brilliantly creative mind?
(We’re very excited to have Chelsey Lambert of Smokeball offering to share Microsoft Word tips and tricks to help you in your solo/small firm practice. Her column will appear once a month so never miss it! Join our email list and have it delivered directly to your inbox!) Word has thousands of features and tools. […]
Your 1L curriculum was predetermined, but as you choose your 2L and 3L classes, you’ll have some flexibility. Should you look ahead to the bar exam as you choose your classes? Here is some advice to help you decide.
From time to time I get involved in conversations with lawyers who have called in with a question or concern and as we talk through the situation it becomes clear that part of the problem is the lawyer doesn’t know who his client is. These are the times I find myself asking “How in the world does this happen?” It happens more often than you think!
Here is a semi-true story. I started my practice a few months ago. As I started learning the ins and outs of my practice area and running a business, I felt a bit overwhelmed with all I had to do. I wondered, “as a solo doing everything on my own, how will I ever keep […]
When you spend enough time around lawyers, you learn that lawyers love to complain. Maybe that’s why a lawsuit is called a Complaint.
What complaint do we hear most often among unhappy lawyers who want a career change? Compensation is almost never the biggest issue. Or even working long hours. Find out what the biggest complaint actually is.