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October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Posted on October 21st, 2021

Week #2—You Are Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link According to the 2020 Internet Crime Report issued by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (“IC3”), the prevalence and cost of cyber-crime increased exponentially in 2020. Cyber-crime reports received by the FBI increased 69% from 2019 to 2020. Reported losses in 2020 exceeded $4.1 billion. […]

Hotline Questions – Retirement Registration Status
Posted on October 7th, 2021

“Retirement” means something different to each attorney.  OBLIC insured attorneys often call the Hotline to ask what Attorney Registration Status to select when they are retiring.  The Answer depends on what the attorney wants to do. Here are options if attorney wants to: Continue to work “part-time” at current firm: ​Must maintain Active Attorney Registration Status ​See Gov Bar […]

Transfer on Death Affidavits—
Posted on September 28th, 2021

Sometimes It Is The Simple Tasks That Get You A transfer on death affidavit is a simple tool that allows real property to be transferred upon the death of the owner without probate administration. The preparation of the affidavit is fairly straightforward. The requirements for the affidavit and the process are clearly described in R.C. […]

Best Practices for Lateral Hires
Posted on September 14th, 2021

One of the changes we have observed at OBLIC recently is the uptick in lateral hires at law firms.  While this can be a good way to add attorneys to your firm, it requires due diligence to be sure you are adding the right person. To assist you in this process OBLIC developed a Checklist […]

Rule 5.5 Amendments Allow Remote Practice
Posted on September 7th, 2021

The Supreme Court of Ohio adopted amendments to Rule 5.5 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules I and XII of the Ohio Rules for the Government of the Bar, effective September 1, 2021, to allow a lawyer admitted to practice in another state to provide legal services remotely from Ohio.  For example, […]

Best Practices – Office Procedure Manual
Posted on August 25th, 2021

Effective law office management will allow your practice to run ethically and efficiently.  Best practices indicate that having a good office procedure manual helps everyone in the firm to follow the same policies and procedures and helps attorneys fulfill the ethical duties required by Rules 5.1 and 5.3 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct. […]

Coverage Question Series
Posted on August 18th, 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, […]

Ransomware – Critical Information You Need
Posted on August 10th, 2021

The rate of ransomware attacks increased 300% in 2020.  Many ransomware attacks exploit gaps in cyber security.  OBLIC is pleased to share the tips in this article Ransomware – Critical Information you Need to Help Better Protect Your Practice and Your Clients From One of the Most Serious Threats to our Nation.   Gretchen Mote. Esq.                                   […]

Coverage Question Series
Posted on July 28th, 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, […]

Amendments to Ohio Rules of Practice and Procedure Effective July 1st
Posted on July 23rd, 2021

Ohio Supreme Court amendments to the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Ohio Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Ohio Rules of Evidence became effective July 1, 2021.  The amendments were submitted to the Court by the Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure in keeping […]