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Wire Transaction Fraud: Impact on All Areas of Practice
Posted on December 6th, 2022

OBLIC has recently seen an uptick in the number of claims arising out of wire transaction fraud.  Title agents and lawyers completing real estate closings, once a hotbed of wire transaction fraud, have been peppered with warnings over the last several years to have procedures in place to reduce the potential for these claims. In […]

Considering an “Of Counsel” Relationship
Posted on November 30th, 2022

The decision to enter into an of counsel relationship requires careful consideration by both the of counsel lawyer and the law firm. The arrangement can be beneficial to both sides if both are aware of the insurance coverage implications and associated ethical obligations. The Of Counsel Relationship The first step is for both lawyer and […]

Client Communication: Saying Thanks!
Posted on November 22nd, 2022

This time of year we often hear about gratitude. It’s not just a seasonal concept!  There are very real benefits to practicing gratitude all year long as noted in the article The Importance of Gratitude.  Although a thank you note might not seem effective, it can have significant positive benefits. Gratitude can have professional benefits […]

OBLIC ALERT Saves Lawyers from Scam
Posted on November 2nd, 2022

After publishing our OBLICAlert – “Social Engineering and the Fraudulent Check Scam” (copied below) we heard from two of our OBLIC policyholders who read it and used what they had learned to avoid becoming victims of this scam. This validates our concern that this scam is continuing to circulate and target our policyholders. In case […]

Ransomware Attack & The Aftermath
Posted on October 25th, 2022

Cybersecurity Awareness Month- Week #4 Media coverage about attacks such as the Colonial Pipeline attack, the WannaCry cryptoworm and the attacks on the Costa Rican financial and healthcare systems has raised awareness of the devastation that ransomware attacks can cause. Attacks on government agencies and companies involved in critical infrastructure have the greatest potential to […]

Social Engineering and the Fraudulent Check Scam
Posted on October 17th, 2022

Cybersecurity Awareness Month- Week #3 Not every cybercrime involves manipulation of the victim’s computer or device. One of the most common cybercrimes targeting lawyers—the fraudulent check scam– uses email to manipulate the lawyer. In cybersecurity, this use of email to manipulate a victim into sending money is called “social engineering.” This week we share one […]

Email Compromise & Wire Fraud
Posted on October 12th, 2022

Cybersecurity Awareness Month- Week #2 When thinking about a cyber-breach, lawyers may envision a sudden lock-down and takeover of the lawyer’s computer with a demand for ransom. While those attacks certainly occur, more often we receive reports of attacks that involve an attacker silently monitoring or hijacking an email account while the lawyer is oblivious […]

“See Yourself in Cyber”
Posted on October 4th, 2022

The Cloudflare Attack October is Cybersecurity Awareness month. This observance established in 2004 by the United States President and Congress to raise Cybersecurity Awareness is led by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) and National Cybersecurity Alliance (“NCA”). This year’s theme for CISA’s Cybersecurity Awareness campaign is “See Yourself in Cyber.” OBLIC is joining […]

Fraud Alert
Posted on September 19th, 2022

Lawyer-Impersonation Wire Fraud Lawyers and law firms have long been favorite targets of cyber-criminals for phishing attacks and wire fraud. Lawyers who are involved in real estate closings or title work are particularly susceptible to attempts to divert funds being wired to third parties. We have cautioned lawyers to protect themselves against these attacks by […]

Best Practices: Practical Tips to Avoid Grievances
Posted on September 8th, 2022

Recent Disciplinary Case Statistics reveal that the top cause of grievances is neglect. Almost half of the grievances received by Office of Disciplinary Counsel involve neglect and/or lack of communication. Other areas of concern involve excessive fees and IOLTA violations. It is also notable that “of those cases that find their way to formal disciplinary […]