Law Firm Tips Archives - Lockton Affinity Lawyer

Professional Liability Claims: The Dangers of Providing Free Legal Advice for Friends

As an attorney, it’s not unusual for friends and family to reach out to you for help with some fast and free legal advice. While it may seem natural to use your knowledge to help answer their questions, it’s a situation that could end in a lawsuit without the proper protections.

Attorneys are held to high standards of professionalism that apply even when

September 28th, 2021|Law Firm Tips|

Avoiding Fee Suits: What to Do if You’re Not Getting Paid

As a lawyer, you’ve likely encountered a situation where a client hasn’t paid their bill and wondered what you should do. Instinctively, many consider a fee suit. However, avoiding fee suits can be best, depending on the situation. Many accounts receivable disputes can be resolved before such measures are necessary. In other cases, filing suit against a client results in a burdensome

November 18th, 2020|Law Firm Tips, Swiss Re|

Family Law Risk Management Tips

The number of legal malpractice claims targeting family law practitioners is on the rise. The highly emotional and stressful nature of family matters means clients are more likely to pursue a claim over a real or perceived legal error. Recognizing the potential pitfalls can help lawyers and law firms minimize the risk of incurring a family law malpractice claim. Along with professionalism

May 11th, 2020|Law Firm Tips, Swiss Re|

Staying Connected and Productive During Social Distancing

Social distancing guidelines have altered the normal course of business for many professionals, including lawyers. While legal work continues, communication challenges and the unexpected free time have thrown many for a loop. Staying active and discovering ways to reach out to clients and coworkers can help. Here are 7 tips for staying connected and productive during social distancing orders.

Stay Current on Court

May 11th, 2020|Attorney Protective, Law Firm Tips|

Top 10 Best Practices New Year’s Resolutions for Lawyers

This time of year, many lawyers are reflecting on the wins and losses of the past year. You may wonder how to make next year even better. Few New Year’s resolutions will be more impactful than those you make to protect your future. Secure a brighter future for your professional reputation and law career next year with these top 10 best practices

December 20th, 2019|Law Firm Tips, Swiss Re|

Improving Client Screening and Intake Practices

Another year is ending and a new one is just around the corner. For lawyers, now is a great time to reflect on what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to current firm practices, specifically your prospective client intake procedures.

A little time spent reviewing and improving client screening and intake practices now could save you valuable time and help avoid unnecessary

November 13th, 2019|Attorney Protective, Law Firm Tips|

Managing the Risk of Conflicts of Interest

For attorneys, conflicts of interest allegations can lead to several undesirable outcomes, whether a formal malpractice claim, costly litigation, disciplinary issue, or problems with insurance. It’s a situation best avoided.

Yet recent studies of attorney malpractice claims indicate that conflicts of interest allegations are on the rise. While some claims assert an attorney had divided loyalties, others contend there were adverse interest issues.

November 13th, 2019|Law Firm Tips, Swiss Re|

Tips for Texting Clients

Like most people today, lawyers are rarely more than an arm’s reach from their cell phone. You may have even made a habit of giving your clients your cell phone number and allowing them to call or text you at any time.

Texting clients can help facilitate scheduling, reminders and quick communications, while also giving clients a positive impression that a lawyer is

October 22nd, 2019|Law Firm Tips, Swiss Re|

How to Handle a Negative Review

Imagine you have just discovered that a former client with past-due legal fees has posted an inaccurate and negative review of your firm on a popular social media site. They tagged your business page in the post and people are commenting and sharing the post. What should you do?

Many people’s first instinct is to act to defend themselves from these online mischaracterizations.

September 5th, 2019|Attorney Protective, Law Firm Tips|

How Lawyers Can Benefit from Social Media

According to the latest research, a lot of lawyers are now using social media for career and client development,1 and you might be one of them.

As social media becomes a key means of communication and advertising within the legal field, you and your firm have a unique responsibility. Ethics committees are turning more attention to what lawyers are posting online, but this

August 21st, 2019|Attorney Protective, Law Firm Tips|