Almost every day there is a lawyer in Massachusetts who must deal with a disaster at the office which has caused the loss of paper files, electronic files, and sometimes the attorney’s very business. I was again reminded of the impact of such disasters when asked by a Cape Cod Times reporter about how attorneys should recover from a fire which destroyed thirty years of files and records. I asked myself what would this disaster do to the attorney’s business and if his client’s were protected. Although it is hard to anticipate every need before a disaster, LOMAP is here to help attorneys develop business continuity plans and disaster recovery plans that will put them in the best position to be back in business quickly and protect their clients. LOMAP will also help attorneys develop a recovery plan after a disaster. A critical component of developing any business continuity plan is creating an effective backup of your electronic files. For a more in depth article on this subject see my post Save your Practice: Backup your computer. For further help developing a business continuity plan and a recovery register to attend the Massachusetts Bar Association’s program, Disaster Recovery and Planning, on October 29, 2008, 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. which I will chair.
Other resources exist. A general article on preparation for a disaster can be found at: http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/newsletter/lawtrends/0807/business_cohen.html. Also discussed is the ABA’S publication, Being Prepared, which is a self-described “’how to’ workbook. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has checklists for planning and recovery. SCORE also has some helpful tools.
Help protect yourself and your clients by attending the upcoming program or contacting LOMAP.