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Covering Short-term Absences
Posted on June 9th, 2021

As COVID restrictions are lifted, vacation and travel plans are back on the calendar.  Attorneys should always have plans for what happens when they are not available.  See Business Succession Planning:  Designating a Successor Attorney.  However, if you don’t already have those plans in place, here are some quick steps you can take as you prepare […]

Post-Pandemic Lawyer Advertising
Posted on June 3rd, 2021

With the uptick in advertising, be aware there may be client generator situations trying to involve lawyers inappropriately in live telephone or real-time electronic contact with potential clients.  The contact to the potential client may be from a service employed by a non-lawyer professional to call people involved in auto accidents from police reports.  That […]

Closing a Practice
Posted on May 27th, 2021

Retirement is the most common reason OBLIC policyholders close a law practice.  Other reasons include election or appointment to the judiciary or other public office, the start of a new firm, or the assumption of some other non-private practice employment.  Whatever the reason, here are steps we recommend be followed when closing your law practice. […]

Best Practices – Dealing with Difficult Clients
Posted on May 20th, 2021

Attorneys have always had their fair share of difficult clients.  However, challenging economic times, such as those recently thrust upon our profession by the COVID-19 pandemic, often increase the number of these precarious situations, making the practice of law even more challenging.   The following recommended best practices may help you navigate the treacherous waters of […]

Coverage Question Series
Posted on May 11th, 2021

This is part one of a monthly series in which we address policy coverage questions that we  routinely discuss with you and your colleagues. The answers provided are based on the basic policy form, currently LPLP-1t; refer to your specific policy and any endorsements attached thereto that may change coverage or the answers provided. We […]

Hotline Questions: Flat Fee Agreements
Posted on May 6th, 2021

Questions about fee agreements are frequently asked on the OBLIC Hotline.  Flat fee agreements seem especially problematic.  Let’s take a closer look at these fee agreements. Rule 1.5 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct governs fees and expenses.  The rule provides that: A lawyer shall not make an agreement for, charge, or collect an […]

IOLTA Changes You Want to Know
Posted on April 27th, 2021

A new law took effect April 12, 2021 that creates a new category of unclaimed funds called Attorney Unclaimed Funds in the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Unclaimed Funds. These Attorney Unclaimed Funds are: unclaimed IOLTA funds held pursuant to 4705.09 ORC, unclaimed IOTA funds held pursuant to 3953.231 ORC, and unclaimed residual settlement […]

New Domestic Violence Protection Orders
Posted on April 22nd, 2021

New Domestic Violence Protection Orders went into effect April 15, 2021. These forms were last updated in 2014. If you have the old forms in your system, you will need to replace them. The new forms are available in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format, and in languages other than English, on the Supreme Court […]

Case Law Update
Posted on March 25th, 2021

Two recent decisions from the Ohio Supreme Court address developing issues in Ohio law. The opinions discuss 1) the Ohio Marketable Title Act relating to issues in property law concerning reservations of mineral rights and 2) an Ohio administrative law dealing with a peremptory writ of mandamus. In Erickson v. Morrison, Slip Opinion No. 2021-Ohio-746, […]

Business Succession Planning: Protecting IT & Assets
Posted on March 18th, 2021

This article is the third in the series on Business Succession Planning. It will discuss steps to protect your IT systems and how to establish a disaster recovery/business continuity plan for your office. As more lawyers rely on technology to practice, there has been an increase in cyber-attacks and scams, and COVID-19 raised the bar […]