Disaster plans, Part 2

May 20, 2009
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I wrote about disaster plans at law firms back in March when a fire at Indianapolis apartment building under construction led to minor damage to two nearby law firms. The attorneys I spoke to at those firms mentioned how they had plans in place in case something like this would happen and they implemented their plans accordingly.

Yesterday, a fire broke out in a building that housed Modesitt Law Offices in Terre Haute. The law firm is the private practice of Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt. According to an article in the Terre Haute Tribune Star, only a shell of the building is left.

The fires in Indianapolis and Terre Haute reiterate the importance of disaster plans at law firms. Without them, client files and important documents will be lost. No matter your firm’s size or location, a plan is needed not only to comfort clients that in case something happens you can still represent them to the best of your ability, but also for the employees.

Chances are slim that your law firm or office will be affected by a disaster, but fires can be sparked accidentally. Water can creep up quickly, just ask the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office. Tornadoes occur here, to which firms in the Regions Bank/One Indiana Square building in Indianapolis can attest. Even windows in high rises can be broken by window washers during freak accidents as Bose McKinney and Evans learned last August.

Disaster plans are important and necessary. Does your firm have one?
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