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Cyber Toolbox Article Spotlight
Posted on August 15th, 2022

Since 2014 OBLIC has provided all policyholders access free of charge to the Cyber Toolbox, an online repository of cybersecurity resources. Among the resources available are articles warning of new cybersecurity threats, sample cybersecurity policies, and video training courses that can be shared with lawyers and staff. A new article on the Cyber Toolbox titled, […]

What You Should Know About Your Disciplinary Coverage
Posted on August 9th, 2022

OBLIC has recently seen an uptick in letters of inquiry directed to insureds from the Ohio Disciplinary Counsel. Letters of inquiry are part of the investigative review when a grievance is filed against an attorney.   If you receive a letter of inquiry, or a formal complaint is filed against you, it is important to […]

Fee Disputes
Posted on August 2nd, 2022

Addressing Fee Disputes Fee disputes can arise in numerous situations. Clients being billed on an hourly basis may disagree with the amount they are charged, disputing the reasonableness, quality or necessity of the fee and/or expenses charged.  Flat fee clients may discharge the attorney and dispute the amount of the fee the attorney proposes to […]

Billing Ethically to Get Paid
Posted on July 25th, 2022

Clients who do not pay their bills are the bane of the private practice lawyer. While there is no failproof solution to eliminate the problem, there are steps that lawyers can take to reduce the likelihood that a client will become delinquent on a legal bill. Here are some best practices to bill clients ethically […]

New Advisory Opinions Addressing Conflicts and Notarization of Affidavit of Client
Posted on July 18th, 2022

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct recently issued three new advisory opinions.  Two of the opinions discussed different conflicts situations.  The other opinion considered a lawyer’s notarization of an affidavit of the client. Opinion 2022-04- Imputation of County Prosecuting Attorney’s Former Client and Firm Conflicts to an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney In this Opinion, the Board […]

Serving on Boards
Posted on July 6th, 2022

Attorneys are often asked to serve on corporate or non-profit boards. This can be a fulfilling way to give back to the community, but often there is an expectation that the attorney will provide pro bono legal advice. The dual role of board member and legal advisor creates risks unique to lawyers. Consider the following […]

Calendar Fraud
Posted on June 28th, 2022

Phishing Evolution Continues The FBI reported that, in 2016, approximately 20,000 Americans were victims of phishing crimes.  That number has grown every year since, with nearly 324,000 victims of phishing attacks reported in 2021. It is more prevalent than any other cyber-crime and it is one of the top initial infection vectors for ransomware incidents. […]

What you want to know about “tail” coverage
Posted on June 7th, 2022

“Tail” coverage – the Basics: “Tail” insurance or “tail” coverage is shorthand for an Extended Reporting Endorsement. Your OBLIC policy provides coverage on a claims-made and reported basis. This type of policy provides coverage for claims which are made and reported during the applicable policy period of an in-force policy.  Coverage under a claims-made and […]

New Advisory Opinions from the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct
Posted on May 31st, 2022

On April 8, 2022, the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct issued two new Advisory Opinions relating to the conduct of lawyers and judges. Ohio Board of Professional Conduct Opinion 2022-02  Judicial Membership and Leadership in County or State Party Executive Committees, Political Party Clubs, and County Boards of Elections In Opinion 2022-02 the Board of […]

Multi-Factor Authentication “MFA”
Posted on May 24th, 2022

What is “MFA”? Multi-Factor Authentication “MFA,” also known as Two-Factor Authentication, is a process that adds security for password-protected accounts. It requires additional information to access the account in addition to the initial password The three most common authentication factors are the knowledge factor, the possession factor or the inherence factor. Knowledge factor authentication usually […]