The Law Practice Management Program is again hosting the annual Solo and Small Firm Institute in Atlanta at the State Bar headquarters. The program will be held on Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27, and there will be a live stream of some of the programming to the Tifton and Savannah Bar offices. All… Continue reading Solo and Small Firm Institute 2019 is Coming!
In the last truly substantive post from us, Bill shared more tips on how to avoid an ethics complaint in Georgia. He wisely advised Georgia lawyers to make sure they use written representation agreements, close out client matters with a high degree of formality, and to make absolutely sure they set up and maintain their… Continue reading More Tools to Help Avoid an Ethics Complaint in Georgia
Ethics complaints (grievances in the vernacular of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct) are at best time consuming and stressful, and at worst can result in a reprimand, suspension or disbarment, permanently part of your publically accessible record. Nobody wants that, but is it avoidable? Yes. Most lawyers go their entire careers without a grievance. … Continue reading How to Avoid Ethics Complaints in Georgia
Here’s a set of questions we got from a workers' comp claimants lawyer, who said that his clients’ weekly insurance checks are mailed to his office. He asked whether he should open the checks and make a record of them, and more generally what kind of records must or should be kept. He also wondered… Continue reading Client Funds: Signed, Sealed, and Delivered???
Come join us on February 5th, at the State Bar's Midyear Meeting. Here are the CLE details and you can register on site! TECHNOLOGY IN PRACTICE: AVOIDING ETHICAL LANDMINES AND MAXIMIZING TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND TOOLS 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. | 3 CLE hours Lawyers have realized they have to understand how to use… Continue reading Want to see us live? Bill & Natalie at State Bar’s Midyear Meeting CLE
That client said what about me! Being a lawyer representing people and organizations who could be on a winning or losing side means there will likely be someone who’s unhappy with a result, and if you the practitioner are not careful, they could also be unhappy with you personally. Regardless of the reason for a… Continue reading Unfavorable Online Reviews – What to Do (or Not)
Have you claimed your profile? Was it correctly displayed in AVVO? Did you get the rating you think you deserved? What can you really do about that nasty review? We will attempt to work through this quandary for Georgia lawyers. As other jurisdictions have opined in various ways about the proper use and peril of… Continue reading AVVO-type Services and the Georgia Lawyer
Bill is an Assistant General Counsel at the State Bar. He graduated from Duke University in 1970 with a B.A. in Zoology, and earned his law degree from Emory University in 1973. At the Office of the General Counsel, he screens and prosecutes ethics complaints, is part of the Ethics Hot-Line service rotation (404-527-8741), and… Continue reading Meet Bill Cobb, Georgia Practice Advisor’s New Co-Author
Psst.! We have a new co-Author - Bill Cobb, Assistant General Counsel in the State Bar's Office of the General Counsel. You will learn more about him later. Data is big right now! How do you secure all of the information that comes into your possession or knowledge, especially the digital data that just doesn’t… Continue reading Managing Data in Your Client Files
When a lawyer changes her or his name, most commonly due to marriage or divorce, which name should she or he use for professional purposes? Can the lawyer use both names? Name changes often generate questions for lawyers, particularly solo practitioners who have much invested in the name under which they have been practicing. So… Continue reading Name Changes!