Tips for Returning to the Office

Being back to the office, like from an extended work-from-home period, can be tough. Even those who kept a strict routine while working remotely might find it hard to get back to work in a traditional sense – you may have gotten out of bed, dressed and to your home office by 9, but you likely didn’t have to steam your suit, pack a lunch or compensate for a commute time. For those at firms that kept their offices [...]

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Remote Work: Tips for Law Firms

In the last five years alone (and pre-COVID-19), remote work has grown 44%, according to an analysis done by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs. Additionally, 90% of employees say allowing for more flexible work arrangements and schedules would increase employee morale, which directly correlates to employee retention. This drastic increase is largely a result of technology, which makes remote work seamless and desirable.For law firms specifically, there are two common approaches to remote workers. The first is to have [...]

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Phone Scam Warning Signs and How to Protect Yourself

A phone scam, also called telemarketing fraud, refers to any type of scheme in which a criminal communicates with the potential victim via phone, including both phone calls and text messages (via Cornell Law School). This method is often effective, as reputable companies do legitimately use telemarketing to conduct business — meaning it can be difficult to distinguish between what’s real and what’s a scam. WARNING SIGNS  There are many different types of phone scams, but they always involve trying to [...]

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Practical Tips to Improve Efficiency at Your Law Office

Solo lawyers run their own show and wear many hats, while also facing several challenges. But of all the challenges, time management just might be the most difficult to handle. To give your practice the best chance of success, you must be efficient, meaning you achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. Here are a few tips to help keep your overhead low and your efficiency high. BATCHING AND AUTOMATED TASKS:Batching: Doing similar tasks in one sitting instead of [...]

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OAMIC Announcement: New Insured Portal Goes Live

At OAMIC, our goal is to continue raising the bar for our insureds. We are the only local provider of legal malpractice insurance, and that’s not something we take for granted. We strive to always provide unparalleled customer service. In this day and age, that customer service committment must extend to our online portal. The redesigned portal has many enhancements, including these key features: ACCESS IT ANYWHERE. The new portal includes a fully-responsive design, meaning you can easily access it from [...]

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8 Easy Tips to Increase Data Security at Your Law Firm

In 2012, then-FBI director Robert Mueller said, “I am convinced that there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. And even they are converging into one category: companies that have been hacked and will be hacked again.” Mueller’s observation continues to be true today for large global companies and small business alike — including law firms. There have been numerous reports over the last decade about law firm data breaches in [...]

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What Is a Step Rate and How It Affects the Cost of Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice is priced using what’s called a step rating methodology. But what exactly does that mean? Watch this video to learn more, or continue reading below.Envision your career as a step ladder. When you’re a young lawyer, you’re on the first rung of the ladder. You’re starting to acquire work and your coverage is just starting, too. Your exposure is small because you haven’t done much legal work yet. Because of this, your first year’s premium is substantially reduced. This is called step 1. From then [...]

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What Is Email Wire Transfer Fraud and How To Prevent It

Scamming people for money is not a new concept but it has gotten much more sophisticated as technology continues to advance. Email wire transfer fraud is one of the most common types of fraud. In 2018 alone, the FBI received more than 20,000 email wire fraud complaints with adjusted losses of more than $1.2 billion, according to the the organization’s 2018 Internet Crime Report. Attorneys can be an easy target for cybercriminals because they often wire money to or on [...]

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