Valuable resources for
our valued policyholders.

Below are articles, presentations and other resources that we found to be insightful and think could be incredibly helpful for our current policyholders.
Collection Lawyers, PLEASE NOTE!
Posted on August 1st, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that the “bona fide error” defense contained in 15 U.S.C. Sec. 1692k(c) was not a defense to a collection letter that stated that a debt would be considered valid unless it was disputed in writing, Jerman v. McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich LPA,___U.S.___, 130 S.Ct. 1605 (2010). The FDCPA […]

Coverage Question: Does My OBLIC Policy Cover Me As An Expert Witness?
Posted on June 1st, 2011

OBLIC has received several inquiries recently whether the policy provides coverage for an OBLIC-insured attorney rendering an opinion as an expert witness. Does such activity fall within the definition of “Professional Services” covered by the policy? The policy states in relevant part that ‘“Professional Services” shall be deemed, for purposes of this policy, to include […]

Ohio Supreme Court Holds That Time For State To Recover Medicaid Benefits From Decedent’s Estate Does Not Run Until Form Is Filed
Posted on June 1st, 2011

In a 7-0 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a case decided May 18, 2011, that the statutory time limit for the state to seek recovery from a decedent’s estate for Medicaid payments made by the state for the care of the deceased person does not begin to run until a required form reporting […]

OBLIC IT System Update
Posted on April 1st, 2011

As some policyholders are aware, OBLIC’s usual time-line in renewing policies has been shortened due to continuing challenges with implementation of a complex new information technology platform. Our staff has continued to work to bring the processing of applications closer to our usual standards in terms of timing of renewal mailings, and quoting renewal coverage. […]

OSBA Introduces “Ohio Docs”
Posted on April 1st, 2011

The Ohio State Bar Association recently introduced its newest member service, OhioDocs, a library of thousands of legal documents and forms that have been automated using technology known as HotDocs. These templates allow lawyers to insert pertinent client information and automatically create customized documents. This new OSBA member service will provide increased efficiency and accuracy […]

2011 OSBA Convention Seminar to feature MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer’s Guide to a Profitable Practice
Posted on April 1st, 2011

OBLIC will again present a joint seminar with the OSBA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Section Board of Governors at the 2011 OSBA Annual Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The seminar on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Columbus Convention Center titled MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer’s Guide to a […]

Personal Injury Cases, Medicare Recovery and Advisory Opinion
Posted on March 1st, 2011

Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline Advisory Opinion 2011-1 states in its Conclusion: “It is improper for a plaintiff’s lawyer to personally agree, as a condition of settlement, to indemnify the opposing party from any and all claims by third persons to the settlement funds. Such agreements are not authorized by Prof. Cond. Rule […]

More Collection Concerns
Posted on March 1st, 2011

Credit card companies have agreements under which the terms of credit are extended. Often such agreements state that any issue with respect to the agreement for credit will be governed by the law of a certain state, whatever state that may be. A recent tact has been taken in some collection cases, alleging that attorneys […]

Hazards with Domestic Relations Agreements: Mean What You State, State What You Mean, etc.
Posted on March 1st, 2011

A recent appellate decision demonstrates hazards that may be encountered when parties in divorce actions sign separation agreements that appear to meet the intent of the parties, but are found not to do so. A separation agreement stated that the parties would divide one spouse’s 401(K) retirement plan balance. When the parties attempted to obtain […]

Sample Letter of Representation
Posted on January 30th, 2011

This is a sample letter of representation that you may utilize within your practice or however you may deem necessary. Sample Letter of Representation Dear Client: After reviewing the information you presented to us, as we have discussed, we will represent you concerning [full description of legal services to be provided]. Any other matter for […]