18October, 2018

Cybersecurity Tips for Lawyers to Stay Vigilant to New Threats

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Here are tips to help make sure your data remains secure, your clients remain happy, and you remain ethically compliant.
Our friends at Attorney at Work sourced expert tips on what lawyers can do to stay ahead of hackers for a round of Friday 5+ Tech Tips a few months back.

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Believe it or not, […]

4October, 2018

Ethical Client Intake: Procedures for Compliance [Webinar]

In this installment of Webinars for Busy Lawyers, Ginny Allen and Eric Sanchez share everything you need for an ethically compliant client intake process — in 22 minutes.
Competition for new clients is only getting tougher for attorneys. So how can you build an intake process that will convert the cases you want, while not running afoul […]

13July, 2018

New Rule 1.15A: What Client Files Are & How Long Lawyers Must Preserve Them

Effective September 1, 2018, new Rule 1.15A sheds light on what exactly the Client’s File actually is and how long lawyers need to preserve them. Find the answers to your questions here.
On June 7, 2018, the SJC adopted an order that amends the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court, and in particular, Massachusetts Rules of […]

3May, 2018

Technology Competence for Lawyers: Ethical Duties in Two Rules

Lawyers are required to demonstrate competence with technology. Here’s the latest publication from the Massachusetts BBO and our best tips to help you to use tech right and stay ethically compliant.
The Massachusetts SJC created new ethical obligations for lawyers on July 1, 2015 in its amendments to Rules 1.1 and 1.6, bringing relevant parts current […]

21March, 2018

Best Practices for Law Firm Data Security and Client File Privacy [Guest Post]

Data security is critical for lawyers. Here’s how to start managing this risk as proactively as your clients and ethics standards deserve.
We thank the team at Lawyerist.com for this helpful guest post. Before jumping into this practical primer, check out the extensive writing on data security Heidi has published here on our blog, and plan […]

7February, 2018

Standing Firm Against Harassment: Policy Guidelines for Law Firms

Law firms should take – and understand – these 5 minimum steps to effectively address sexual harassment.
This article was written collaboratively by Heidi S. Alexander, Justin L. Kelsey and Melissa Levine-Piro and was originally published in the November/December edition of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Massachusetts Lawyers Journal.

Before reading these guidelines, please consider participating in the […]

10July, 2017

5 Steps to Minimize Data Breach Risks in Your Law Practice

Follow these steps to avoid data breaches in your law practice that would make you WannaCry.
WannaCry. WannaCry. WannaCry. Yes, that’s how many lawyers feel when they think about digital data security, especially the folks over at DLA Piper who were recently hit with a type of ransomware similar to WannaCry, known as Petrwrap/Petya.

Let’s face it, […]

22February, 2017

How to Vet Cloud Technology Providers

Deciding to use cloud technology in your law practice is only the first step. It’s a great first step – but you still need to vet those cloud technology providers!
If you’ve ever heard me speak, you’ll know that I advocate for the use of cloud technology in today’s law firms. There are at least three rock […]

6September, 2016

What Lawyers Should Know About Data Security [Guest Post]

Lawyers need to know how their data is actually secured. Here are the questions you should be able to answer, and more.
We thank Kurt Simione, founder of Technology Seed, LLC. for this helpful guest post.
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Security patches, Antivirus, Firewall, VPN . . . All nice buzzwords, catch-phrases and feel-good terms, right – but do they matter? Okay. […]

28July, 2016

Do Lawyers Need Malpractice Insurance in Massachusetts?

We’re starting off a series on Startup Questions with one of the most common inquiries we hear: legal malpractice insurance requirements for Massachusetts attorneys.
Massachusetts does not require legal malpractice insurance for attorneys. However, it is highly recommended to mitigate the cost of a malpractice insurance claim.

There are a number of places from which attorneys can acquire malpractice […]