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The Six Cs of Limited Scope Representation
Posted on April 5th, 2023

Limited Scope Representation has grown in popularity over the last decade. Proponents advocate that limited scope representation expands the public’s access to legal services, reduces the number of unrepresented litigants in court, and helps deliver better results to consumers. Also known as “unbundled legal services” or “discrete task representation,” the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct […]

Cyber Security for Third-Party Vendors
Posted on March 21st, 2023

Our recent OBLICAlert recommended the use of proactive risk management when working with third-party contractors. One of the most important steps is verifying the confidentiality and cyber security protections utilized by those third parties, as discussed below. Ohio Adv. Op. 2009-6 indicates that while the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct don’t prohibit outsourcing legal or […]

Managing Risk with Third-Party Professionals, Verifying E&O Insurance Coverage
Posted on March 7th, 2023

Managing a good relationship with your third-party contractors starts with proactively establishing clear expectations. Making sure that they have their own liability insurance can protect you and your clients in the event of an error. A consistent process when working with third-party professionals will help ensure a smoother relationship and compliance with Professional Conduct Rule […]

New Laws to Impact Practice in Domestic Relations, Probate, Guardianship, and Negligence Law
Posted on February 28th, 2023

This Alert is Part 2 on new laws impacting various practice areas that take effect this spring.  Below, we discuss changes enacted by SB 202 and HB 279 in custody, guardianship, probate, and negligence law. SB 202 takes effect on April 3, 2023. The legislation prohibits a person’s disability from being used as the sole […]

New Laws will Impact Practice in Domestic Relations, Probate, Guardianship, and Negligence Law
Posted on February 22nd, 2023

Three new laws enacted by the 134th Ohio General Assembly are scheduled to take effect this spring: SB 210 Establishes postnuptial agreements and amends Domestic Violence definitions SB 202 Prohibits disability as the sole basis to deny parenting rights; establishes the validity of a recorded real property instrument when signed by an attorney-in-fact; and other […]

Best Practices – Removing Metadata
Posted on February 7th, 2023

Metadata is defined as a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. Metadata isn’t “bad” per se.  It’s what makes it possible to search for information in digital format.  Computers, iphones and other devices automatically embed metadata in digital files.  This metadata can include a plethora of information about the file […]

Closing a Law Practice
Posted on February 2nd, 2023

We frequently receive questions surrounding the closing of a law practice.  Whether due to retirement, change in careers, or something unplanned, here are some suggested steps to facilitate the process of closing a practice. Establish a target date for closing the practice If the closing is due to retirement, allow at least one year to […]

Rules Update – New Rules Adopted and Proposed Amendments for Comment
Posted on January 24th, 2023

Standard Probate Forms Effective January 1, 2023, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted amendments to the Rules of Superintendence that change standard probate forms. For lawyers dealing with the estate of a deceased lawyer trying to address funds in the decedent’s client trust account, the creation by the amendments of Form 13.11 Application to Disburse Attorney […]

Best Practices to Address Challenging Practice Situations – Request for Client File
Posted on January 10th, 2023

The practice of law presents situations that challenge even the most experienced attorneys. This Alert will discuss responding to a request for a client file. The request for a client file may come during the representation when a client becomes disgruntled and terminates the representation, at the conclusion of the representation, or long after the […]

Cybersecurity: Ransomware Threats
Posted on January 5th, 2023

We hope you had a cybersafe holiday!  Ransomware continues to pose a cyberthreat. The Ohio Supreme Court recently reversed a decision of the Second District Court of Appeals in its decision EMOI Services, L.L.C. v. Owners Insurance Company, Slip Opinion No. 2022-Ohio-4649, holding that a businessowners insurance policy did not cover losses which resulted from […]