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Lawyers’ Mutual has listened to our members and has collaborated with industry-leading vendors to source exciting new benefits for your practice.
Lawyers’ Mutual brings you the comfort of a trusted partner every step of the way. Our goal is to provide our members with programs that offer innovative tools and/or discounted rates on products and services.
- Comprehensive access to the law
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A variety of benefits to advance and protect your practice
Whether it’s complimentary CLE on-demand or a $100K Cyber endorsement, Lawyers’ Mutual continues to add exclusive benefits to assist members at making the ease of doing business as a lawyer their sole focus.
Visit our new Member Benefits landing page on our website for more information and future benefits coming your way.Read More
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Dear Members: For those of you who attended our first Member Education Summit earlier in December, we were thrilled to meet with you in person! For the rest of our members who couldn’t attend but need the coveted special subject seminars, click here and decide whether you want to start with Ethics, Elimination of Bias or Competency credit.
Attorney Fee Agreements : Risk Management Powerhouse Part I & Part II
Arguably the most important risk management tool a lawyer possesses is a well-crafted fee agreement. Steven A. Lewis, JD and Edith Matthai, Esq., guide you through this complex topic to improve your client relationships and avoid State Bar violations. (Part I and Part II each provide 1 hr. Legal Ethics)
A More Perfect Union : How to Discuss Race, Politics, & Religion in a Fragmented Nation.
Michele Silverthorn, Esq. is the founder of Inclusion Nation. Her keynote presentation will have you re-examining assumptions and communicating better. (Elimination of Bias – 1 hr. credit)
Sustainable Lawyers : Training Yourself to Thrive
Join Lita Abella JD (Lawyers Assistance Program), Jon Kramer LCSW, and Courtney O. Wylie, Esq. in examining the big ideas and small steps to advance lawyer well being. (Competency- 1 hr. credit)
As of January 1, 2019, California Evidence Code §1129 began its requirement that all attorneys with clients participating in mediation use the following Mediation Disclosure Notification and Acknowledgment. The following Word and PDF versions are embedded for your convenience.
Mediation Disclosure Notification and Acknowledgment
To promote communication in mediation, California law generally makes mediation a confidential process. California’s mediation confidentiality laws are laid out in Sections 703.5 and 1115 to 1129, inclusive, of the Evidence Code.
These laws establish the confidentiality of mediation and limit the disclosure, admissibility, and a court’s consideration of communications, writings, and conduct in connection with a mediation.
In general, these laws mean the following:
- All communications, negotiations, or settlement offers in the course of a mediation must remain confidential.
- Statements made and writings prepared in connection with a mediation are not admissible or subject to discovery or compelled disclosure in noncriminal proceedings.
- A mediator’s report, opinion, recommendation, or finding about what occurred in a mediation may not be submitted to or considered by a court or another adjudicative body.
- A mediator cannot testify in any subsequent civil proceeding about any communication or conduct occurring at, or in connection with, a mediation.
This means that all communications between attorneys and their clients made in preparation for a mediation, or during a mediation, are confidential and cannot be disclosed or used (except in extremely limited circumstances).Read More
One of the greatest risks that law firms face is the loss or misuse of sensitive client data. Due to viruses, malware, hacking and even inadvertent misplacement of mobile devices and laptops, your clients’ valuable information is also a significant liability.
Lawyers’ Mutual partners with NAS/Tokio Marine to provide online training and coverage for many types of cyber loss (Click here now for a summary of our cyber coverage).
Todd Sexton, a cyber security specialist for law firms, brings you up to date on regulations and strategies necessary to protect your law firm and your clients’ funds from cyber criminals. Click here now and receive .75 hrs of CLE general credit.Read More
Have you received a request for a wire transfer? Before moving forward with disbursement of any funds entrusted to you, consider the following:
Step 1: Red flags
- Receiving an urgent email to disburse funds.
- Communication that does not match original wire instructions.
- Slight variations on an email address of the sender.
- Communication request via email only (without verbal instructions).
- Messages from the sender using incorrect spelling or odd phrases.
- Incoming phone call requests from an unfamiliar contact number.
- Request for urgent wire transfer after receiving an unexpected check from your client.
Wire fraud generally involves an attempt to defraud your firm, your client and could damage your reputation; therefore consider implementing the following:
Step 2: Preventative measures
- Ensure well-defined protocols are in place for all wire transfers.
- Initiate verbal authorization no matter the urgency of the request.
- Institute electronic security and authentication controls.
- Educate employees on the risks associated with phishing schemes.
- Refer back to your clients’ primary contact information.
- Regularly update spam filters and firewalls.
- Before initiating any wire transfer, always call your client.
Cyber criminal schemes are complex, convincing and creative. Protect yourself and your clients by verbally confirming all wire transfers prior to disbursement of funds.Read More