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Why Are Written Fee Agreements and (Dis)Engagement Letters Important?

Article Resource  |  Posted on May 15, 2015 in: Law StudentsMalpractice Alerts


Recent decisions from several appellate courts highlight the reasons why well-written fee agreements, engagement letters and dis- engagement letters are important. In each of these decisions a concise statement of the representation was lacking.

In Nature’s Grove Development, LLC v. Thomas Law Offices, LLC, 2015-Ohio-835, decided March 2, 2015, the Seventh District Court of Appeals addressed whether the trial court erred in finding that the attorney-client relationship ended when the attorney informed clients he could not represent them in a suit filed against them, due to a perceived conflict.

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Do I need malpractice insurance?

Article Resource  |  Posted on February 11, 2015 in: AnnouncementsArticlesLaw Students

A lawyer needs to have legal malpractice insurance (also called lawyers professional liability insurance or LPL coverage) OR inform a client that she/he does not have malpractice insurance at the time of the client’s engagement or at ANY time subsequent to the engagement if the lawyer does not maintain such insurance. (See Ohio Rule of Professional Conduct 1.4) This insurance must be in the amounts of at least $100,000 per occurrence and $300,000 in the aggregate. The lawyer also must inform the client if the lawyer’s malpractice insurance is terminated.

If the lawyer does NOT have malpractice insurance, she/he must have the client sign the NOTICE TO CLIENT form found in Rule 1.4. The lawyer must keep a copy of the notice signed by the client for 5 years after termination of representation of the client.

To learn more and to apply for malpractice insurance, click here. OBLIC has provided lawyers professional liability insurance to Ohio lawyers since 1979. OBLIC was founded by Ohio lawyers in the Ohio State Bar Association for Ohio lawyers. OBLIC is part of the OSBA family and is proud to serve the LPL insurance needs of Ohio lawyers.

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Just Suppose Someone Files a Grievance Against You…

Article Resource  |  Posted on February 6, 2015 in: Law StudentsMalpractice Alerts

Just Suppose Someone Files a Grievance Against You…

By George D. Jonson

Filing a grievance against a lawyer is easy.  A grievance can be filed by anyone –

  • a client,
  • another lawyer,
  • a judge, or
  • a neighbor who is mad about the way you cut your grass.

Instructions on how to file a grievance can be found on the Ohio Supreme Court’s website, along with a complaint form. The form prompts

  • a description of the situation,
  • identity of witnesses,
  • the relief sought, and
  • supporting documents.

A grievance against a lawyer can be submitted to and investigated by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC), the certified grievance committee of a local bar association or the OSBA (collectively referred to here as a Disciplinary Authority). No matter which Disciplinary Authority receives the grievance, it is handled in the same way.

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