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Cyber Security Tips: Multi-Factor Authentication and Password Management
Posted on May 30th, 2023

In this week’s OBLIC Alert, we have a couple of practical tips that coincide with suggested administrative tasks in this Spring’s Malpractice Alert. Remember that the Cyber Toolbox available to OBLIC policyholders is full of useful resources to help prevent a cyber breach. Multi-Factor Authentication or Two-Factor Authentication is an added layer of security that […]

An Overview of Advancements in AI Technology & Notes on Legal Application
Posted on May 24th, 2023

Recent media coverage has highlighted remarkable achievements by AI programs, including the ability to write speeches, pass exams, and outperform Jeopardy! champions. These advancements are also making an impact on the legal industry. However, risk management professionals emphasize that it is crucial to approach these developments with caution. IBM defines Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a […]

Hotline Questions – Law Firm Names & Letterhead
Posted on May 3rd, 2023

This is part of our continuing series to share with you answers to questions we frequently receive from policyholders. Questions related to law firm names and letterhead often arise from: Retirement of attorneys Of counsel relationships Rebranding a law firm using a trade name Retirement of an attorney from a law firm presents several issues […]

Criminal Law Updates Effective April 2023
Posted on April 25th, 2023

Recently, Ohio lawmakers passed a criminal law omnibus bill that took effect earlier this month.  Senate Bill 288 impacts dozens of areas of criminal and juvenile law, including updates on possession of drug paraphernalia and fentanyl testing strips, speedy trial law, sexual assault, record sealing and expungement, juvenile justice, and driving laws.  Our recent Spring […]

Hotline Questions: Addressing Issues with Estate Fiduciaries
Posted on April 11th, 2023

Among OBLIC insured attorneys,  the area of practice with the highest number of legal malpractice claims continues to be probate, estate and trust. Addressing the duties and conduct of estate fiduciaries is an important aspect to prevent claims for this area of practice. In this article, we review a fiduciary’s duties and role. Fiduciaries are […]

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 […]