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What Coverage Do I Have For a Cyber Breach If I Am Working Remotely?
Posted on July 2nd, 2020

With many lawyers working remotely and from home, it is important to understand the coverage available through the OBLIC Data Breach Endorsement. OBLIC provides the Data Breach Endorsement coverage at no additional cost for all Lawyers Professional Liability policies. Coverage under the OBLIC Data Breach Endorsement is limited to factual scenarios where the law firm […]

Bankruptcy Dabbling
Posted on June 25th, 2020

“Dabbling” in unfamiliar areas of practice is a risk which is not unexpected following economic downturns. Since our most recent OBLIC Alert warning about the dangers of dabbling, we have received inquiries and heard from several attorneys interested in entering bankruptcy practice. Bankruptcy is a prime example of an area of law in which you […]

The Value of Client Communication
Posted on June 15th, 2020

As an OBLIC insured you have probably read our occasional articles emphasizing the need for regular, effective client communication, including references to various forms that can be put to use in your practice (see our most recent example, OBLIC Malpractice Alert of Fall 2019). However, whether you practice as a solo or in a firm, […]

Hotline Questions: Conflicts of Interest
Posted on June 4th, 2020

Conflicts of interest are frequent questions to the OBLIC Hotline. Lawyers must carefully evaluate potential conflicts under the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct. Conflicts are very fact-specific, which can make the conflict of interest evaluation difficult. Perform conflict checks for all new clients and all new matters: Maintain firm data that can be searched thoroughly […]

Loss Prevention Tips – Don’t Dabble
Posted on May 28th, 2020

In the few past months, we’ve often found ourselves navigating unfamiliar situations.  While this may be necessary to deal with the pandemic, working in the unfamiliar should not apply to the matters you handle for your clients.  Undertaking representation outside your area of expertise can often lead to malpractice claims or disciplinary complaints. During difficult […]

What is a Reservation of Rights Letter?
Posted on May 21st, 2020

Reservation of Rights (“ROR”) letters are used throughout the insurance industry to provide notice to the insured that the claim, or portions of the claim, may not be covered. A common misconception is that ROR letters are flat denials of coverage, which is not their intended purpose. ROR letters are instrumental in alerting you to […]

Tips to Help Your Practice Especially Now
Posted on April 3rd, 2020

We understand many attorneys and law firms are trying to sustain their practices during this incredibly difficult time, in addition to trying to stay healthy and comply with governmental mandates and social distancing directives. Instead of repeating the daily emails you likely receive telling you the best way to work from home or to stay […]

HB 197 Affects Court Deadlines and Statutes of Limitations
Posted on March 30th, 2020

HB 197 took effect immediately upon Governor DeWine’s signature on Friday, March 27, 2020. Our Ohio State Bar Association was instrumental in working on this. The popular press covered the legislation’s changes to tax filing deadlines, state licensing, and absentee voting. Practicing attorneys will note Section 22 of HB 197 enacting temporary changes tolling statutes of limitations (emphasis […]

Exposures Arising from COVID-19 Opportunists
Posted on March 20th, 2020

Cybercriminals are always look for opportunities to capitalize on global events, especially high-profile ones like COVID-19. These criminals use the fear and uncertainty surrounding such events to spread misinformation as well as trick users into sharing sensitive data. Thus, it’s important during this situation for us to remain vigilant in our personal and professional digital […]

Deadlines Still Count, Even Under the COVID-19 Pandemic
Posted on March 19th, 2020

In this reduction phase of the pandemic, i.e., reduced staff, reduced hours, reduced visitors, reduced office conversations about last night’s dream (turns out not all reductions are bad), don’t let an upcoming deadline get reduced to a legal malpractice claim. As the Ohio Supreme Court has stated, a court complete shut down is not currently […]