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Coverage Question Series
Posted on July 14th, 2021

This is a continuing 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. As you should expect, […]

Disciplinary Cases Highlight Lawyers’ Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants
Posted on July 8th, 2021

Two recent decisions by the Ohio Supreme Court in disciplinary cases discuss lawyers’ ethical duties to supervise nonlawyers employed by the lawyer.  Ohio Rule of Professional Conduct 5.3:  Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants provides guidance for these ethical duties. Rule 5.3 (a) provides that a lawyer with managerial authority in a law firm or government agency […]

Recent Opinions on Lawyer Advertising
Posted on June 23rd, 2021

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct recently issued two advisory opinions on lawyer advertising.  Online advertising is discussed in Opinion 2021-04 Competitive Keyword Online Advertising.  Advertising as a specialist is addressed in Opinion 2021-05 Communication of a Lawyer Specialization in a Field of Law Not Designated by the Supreme Court. Opinion 2021-04 Competitive Keyword Online […]

Coverage Question Series – Professional Services
Posted on June 17th, 2021

This is a continuing 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. As you should expect, […]

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 […]