All of our published articles originally appear in Wisconsin Lawyer, the official publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin, and appear here with permission.
Suing for Fees: Look Before You Leap
Suing clients for fees is not forbidden, but the risks of doing so are sufficiently high that lawyers should take all possible steps to prevent fee disputes from occurring in the first place.
Scams and Hackers: Or, 12 Security Basics Every Lawyer Should Know
Law firms can be particularly vulnerable to computer fraud, because they often retain sensitive, confidential information about their clients. They also have many points of access to that confidential information. While there is no magic answer to protect your data, here are 12 security basics every lawyer should know.
What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate
Communication mistakes account for 25 percent of malpractice claims at WILMIC and are among the most frequent grievances filed with the OLR. Avoid communication breakdown with clients by following effective communication practices.
Can Turning Away Clients Really Be Good Business?
Not taking on all potential clients who walk through the door may seem like a bad business move, but being selective will reduce risks and bolster your practice.
Engagement Letters: Protection Numero Uno
By laying out a lawyer’s general policies and expectations of the client and the scope of representation, as well as setting and explaining fees, a well-drafted engagement letter sets the tone for the representation and reduces the risk of malpractice.