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Protecting Your Practice: Avoid problematic fee agreements

December 2, 2015
It is crucial to have a clear, written agreement with your client explaining not just the scope of your services, but how you will be paid for those services. Be careful that you don’t run afoul of your professional obligations in that fee agreement or in your billing.
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Protecting Your Practice: Importance of informing your malpractice insurer early

March 25, 2015
Lawyers are humans, too. We make mistakes. Because mistakes happen, we protect ourselves from potential claims and suits by investing in malpractice insurance. But unless you read your policy closely and comply with its provisions, you run the risk of being denied coverage and having to pay the entire cost of an expensive mistake. Here are some tips to help you avoid finding yourself in that predicament.
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Cox: Common mistakes of young lawyers

August 13, 2014
The practice of law takes practice. Experience is required to hone the skills necessary to be an effective advocate and to keep existing clients satisfied as well as attract new clients. There are, however, some common mistakes made by young lawyers that, with forethought and planning, can be avoided. Work to avoid these bad habits and your learning curve will be significantly shorter.
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Cox: Time records and billings are important risk management tools

April 9, 2014
It’s sad but true: The work product of an attorney that clients study most closely is the attorney’s bill. Dina Cox says because of this close scrutiny, coupled with your own standards of professionalism, it is important that your time records and any invoice for services sent to the client be clear, detailed and accurate.
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Cox: Implement a system of checks to avoid conflicts of interest

June 5, 2013
Loyalty and independence of judgment are essential to the effective representation of a client. A conflict of interest may make it impossible to exercise these essentials, or it may create an appearance that is injurious to the health of the lawyer-client relationship.
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Cox: Avoid client problems by avoiding problem clients

September 12, 2012
In this column, basic tips for preventing legal malpractice claims and other risk management strategies will be explored. Here are this author’s Top Ten client screening suggestions.
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