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Best Practices – Dealing with Difficult Clients
Posted on March 16th, 2022

The question of how to deal with a difficult client is something we address frequently with our insured lawyers. The best advice we can give is to trust your instincts and avoid getting involved with these clients in the first place. However, a difficult client is not always easy to spot before undertaking the representation. […]

Dealing with Perplexing Practice Problems
Posted on March 3rd, 2022

Lawyers often face perplexing practice problems. OBLIC has resources to help. Give us a call if you face any of these problems: If you received a grievance from the local bar grievance committee or a letter of inquiry from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel: You may think the complaint is meritless and will be quickly […]

Practice Tip: Check Courtroom Rules and Standing Orders
Posted on February 24th, 2022

As the Covid numbers continue to drop and restrictions ease, we anticipate more cases will be going to trial in 2022. Before gearing up for trial, remember to check for any courtroom rules and standing orders that the judge has issued. In addition to the local rules issued for each court, each judge within that […]

Probate Practice Changes
Posted on February 17th, 2022

Recent changes adopted by the Ohio Supreme Court may impact your probate practice. These changes are: Updates to Standard Probate Forms Effective February 1, 2022 The Court adopted Amendments to the Rules of Superintendence of the Courts of Ohio for Probate Forms 7.0, 21.6, and 66.05 and Sup. R. 66.05 to update certain forms as […]

Avoid Settlement-Related Malpractice Claims Through Good Client Communication
Posted on February 10th, 2022

Recent nationwide legal malpractice claims statistics indicate a noticeable increase in legal malpractice claims arising out of settlement advice. These claims alleging that lawyers provided poor settlement advice may: Allege that the lawyer’s conduct reduced the settlement value of the case (a “settle and sue” case). Allege that the lawyer improperly recommended that the client […]

HOTLINE QUESTIONS- Considerations When Outsourcing
Posted on February 2nd, 2022

Recently we have received a number of calls through our Loss Prevention Hotline from lawyers considering outsourcing as a way to develop a practice area or manage overhead expenses. If you are considering an outsourcing arrangement, here are some ethical obligations to keep in mind: Communication, Confidentiality, and Conflicts Lawyers must consult with clients about […]

Final Public Comment Period for Proposed Rule Changes Closing February 21
Posted on January 27th, 2022

The second and final public comment period for the proposed changes to Ohio’s civil, criminal, evidence, juvenile and traffic rules will close on February 21, 2022. The proposed changes are published here on the Ohio Supreme Court’s website. The changes include recommendations from the Supreme Court’s iCourt Task Force. The current proposal also includes revisions […]

Cybersecurity Incident Response – The Four Phase Plan
Posted on January 12th, 2022

In our October Cybersecurity Awareness Month series, we recommended developing an Incident Response Plan (“IRP”) to mitigate the risk that a cyber-attack will result in the disclosure of confidential client data. Please read our Basics of the IRP Four Phase Plan for Lawyers, which offers suggestions on how to develop a plan using the four […]

New Year Closed File Purge
Posted on January 5th, 2022

The turn of the calendar to a new year may inspire lawyers to clean house by purging old client files.  If you are so inspired, consider the following: Are the documents to be purged records of client funds or client property held by you? Prof.Cond.R. 1.15 requires that lawyers preserve records of client funds and […]

Legal Malpractice Statute of Repose- Amended
Posted on December 7th, 2021

As we have previously reported, effective June 16, 2021, the Ohio legislature enacted R.C. 2305.117 to establish a legal malpractice statute of repose.  The statute bars any action upon a legal malpractice claim if the action is not commenced within 4 years after the occurrence of the act or omission that is the basis of […]