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Posted on May 10th, 2016

Do you practice in an office sharing arrangement?  Does your arrangement comply with the Rules of Professional Conduct? Click here to read OBLIC OFFICE/EXPENSE SHARING:  DO’S AND DON’TS.

Office Sharing Caveat
Posted on April 26th, 2016

A recent decision from the U.S. District Court M.D. Tenn., highlights the importance of following the Rules of Professional Conduct regarding the name of a lawyer’s practice and the need for clarity in choosing the proper entity through which to practice.  In this case, the office sharing lawyers practiced under a name that listed their […]

Advisory Opinion on Lawyer’s Duty to Report Another Lawyer’s Misconduct
Posted on April 19th, 2016

The Board of Professional Conduct recently released an advisory opinion about a lawyer’s duty to report unprivileged knowledge of another lawyer’s misconduct.  With the release of Opinion 2016-2, the Board withdrew Advisory Opinion 1990-1.  The Opinion discusses Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct 8.3 and 1.6.  Click here to read Opinion 2016-2.

Emeritus Pro Bono Attorney Registration
Posted on March 28th, 2016

The Ohio Supreme Court announced that, effective September 15, 2016, Ohio will have a new attorney registration status, “Emeritus Pro Bono Attorney.” Click here to read the full text of the rule change https://www.oblic.com/wpcontent/uploads/2016/03/EmeritusProBonoAttorneyFinal.pdf Gretchen Koehler Mote Director of Loss Prevention Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company Phone No.: 614.572.0620 www.oblic.com

Ohio Ethics Guide on Client File Retention
Posted on March 22nd, 2016

The Board of Professional Conduct of the Ohio Supreme Court issued the Ohio Ethics Guide on Client File Retention on March 18, 2016. To access this Ethics Guide click here http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Boards/BOC/ethicsGuides/2016/ClientFileRetention.pdf To learn more about Client File Retention, plan to attend the session FuturePlan: Template for Succession Plan on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the […]

New Advisory Opinion on Flat Fee Agreements
Posted on February 25th, 2016

The Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio recently issued Opinion 2016-1 which addresses flat fee agreements. Click here to read Opinion 2016-1. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Gretchen Koehler Mote Director of Loss Prevention Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company Phone No.: 614.572.0620 www.oblic.com

Same Old Story
Posted on February 12th, 2016

The Insurance Insider is reporting that AIG is exiting its lawyers’ professional liability (LPL) insurance business (as well as some other lines). AIG wrote its LPL business across three platforms, and in the U.S. primarily through its subsidiary Lexington. As has been the story with several other carriers over the years, it is being reported […]

Posted on January 12th, 2016

The All-Ohio Legal Forum, formerly known as the OSBA Annual Convention, will be held April 27-29, 2016 in the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  OBLIC is again partnering with the OSBA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Section and the OSBA Senior Lawyers Section to sponsor CLE sessions at the Forum.  The OSBA Young […]

Posted on January 12th, 2016

The Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct issued Opinion 2015-2 to address the ethical issues that arise when a lawyer presents a seminar to prospective clients regarding legal issues.  The Board opined that a lawyer may present a legal seminar to prospective clients and may provide brochures and law firm information near the exit […]

Posted on January 12th, 2016

The OBLIC Loss Prevention Hotline continues to receive numerous questions regarding closed files.  You can access a helpful article addressing closed files in this previous issue of  the MALPRACTICE ALERT! found on the OBLIC website. https://www.oblic.com/resource-articles/malpractice-alerts/2013/06/01/what-do-i-do-with-closed-client-files/ Remember, it’s a good idea to address in the fee agreement at the outset of representation how the client’s file will be […]