The Lawyer's Handbook. Ethics Compliance and Claims Avoidance

  • ID: 3510992
  • Book
  • Region: United States
  • 218 Pages
  • ALM Media, LLC
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The Lawyer’s Handbook: Ethics Compliance and Claim Avoidance provides an easy-to-use practice management tool for fast-paced, round the clock law practice in a format that ensures compliance with applicable ethics rules while minimizing the risks of legal malpractice claims. To achieve this, the book brings the basics of the fundamentals of law practice management to the table. From client intake procedures to file-closing letters, this book includes the essentials for the practical side of the practice of law. Attorneys can be more efficient and focus on the substance of the practice, while spending less time identifying, determining, and incorporating the basics, and leaving more time for attention to issues raised by their clients in ongoing representations.
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Introduction ............................................................................................. 1
Chapter 1: Issues to Consider When Beginning a New Representation ......7
Chapter 2: Use Care in Setting and Collecting Legal Fees .....................49
Chapter 3: Use Technology as a Facet of a Modern Law Practice .........65
Chapter 4: Deal with Problem Relationships and Withdrawal ................83
Chapter 5: Take these Steps When the Representation Ends ..................93
Chapter 6: Respond to Claims .............................................................101
Chapter 7: Know the Issues Relating to Insurance ...............................115
Chapter 8: Address Changes in Practice Structure ...............................133
Chapter 9: Attorney Suicide: A Tragic Epidemic .....................................149
Appendix of Forms .............................................................................153

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    Shari L. Klevens

Shari Klevens is a partner and Associate General Counsel at the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge.  She represents lawyers and law firms in the defense of legal malpractice claims and advises and counsels lawyers concerning claims for malpractice, ethical violations, and breaches of duty. Shari is the practice group leader for the firm's Law Firm Defense and Counseling Practice and is a frequent writer and lecturer on issues related to legal malpractice. Shari also litigates complex commercial cases in state and federal courts across the country.

Alanna G. Clair

Alanna G. Clair is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office
of McKenna Long & Aldridge. She specializes in commercial
litigation with an emphasis on the defense of law firms and
professionals against legal malpractice claims. She was a
significant contributor to Georgia Legal Malpractice Law (1st
Ed. 2011 & 2d Ed. 2013). She is an appointee to the D.C. Bar
Foundation’s Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council and
has been a repeat member of the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, a
list of Washington, D.C., attorneys who contribute significantly

J. Randolph Evans

J.Randolph Evans is the chair of the Financial Institutions practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge. He handles high profile, complex litigation matters in Georgia and federal courts for some of the largest companies in the world. He is a frequent lecturer and prolific author on the subjects of professional liability and ethics.  He has authored or co-authored seven books, including The Practical Guide to Legal Malpractice Prevention (Eighth Ed. 2000) and The Practice Guide to Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance (Third Ed. 1999).  He handles high-profile, complex litigation matters around the United States.
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