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Registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference, June 15-16 in Wisconsin Dells.
When clients come to you with questions, ensure they leave with answers. Consumer Handbooks are in-depth legal how-to guides that help your clients navigate end-of-life planning, guardianships, and the probate process. They include helpful explanations and necessary forms. Order yours today!
Did you perform 50+ hours of pro bono legal work in 2016? You may qualify to join the Pro Bono Honor Society. You deserve to be recognized for your pro bono activities – the deadline to join the 2016 Society is February 28.
Are children and juveniles a part of your practice? Turn to the source judges and attorneys in this field of law have depended on for more than 30 years – the Juvenile Benchbook. It's been newly updated for 2017 with the latest legislative developments. Order yours today!
Shhhh! The Antitrust Risks of Discussing Legal Fees
Attorneys must be as cautious as any other businesspeople when discussing competitively sensitive information. Generally, avoid discussing other lawyers' fees for legal services. The risks of running afoul of federal and state antitrust laws are high.
E-Legacy: Who Inherits Your Digital Assets?
After your death, will your family know how and where to access sentimental family heirlooms such as the generations of family photos you digitally scanned from well-thumbed originals? What about your online bank, credit card, investment and social media accounts?
Three Lawyers Tell Their Stories: Back from the Brink
Lawyers who have stumbled due to addictions or mental illness but eventually landed on their feet know the struggle to stay standing never ends. Three lawyers tell how alcohol and drug addiction and depression tripped up their legal careers.
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The State Bar exists to serve you, our members, in your practices. To learn some of the ways we're doing that, take a look at the accomplishments highlighted in the State Bar's Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report.
No Negative Campaigns Here
Do not allow the negative tone of some local, state, and federal campaigns to discourage you from offering to serve our organization and profession. I can tell you from experience that seeking a State Bar office or Board of Governors seat is about serving our colleagues and advancing new ideas, not opposing particular candidates.
A Helping Hand
When someone you admire for their tenacity and spirit takes yet another hit, and still gets up, you can't help but want to make their life a little easier. A new fund called Helping Hands exists to improve the quality of life for individuals facing significant challenges - one person at a time.
EF-10-02 Lawyers’ Responsibility Regarding Referral Fees
The State Bar Professional Ethics Committee issued Formal Opinion EF-10-02, discussing the role of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys in situations when a lawyer refers a matter to another lawyer in return for a referral fee.
Exceptions to the Client Confidentiality Rule
Keeping client information confidential is the cornerstone of the attorney-client relationship, but there are a few very limited circumstances in which a lawyer may disclose such information, even without the client's permission. This article looks at those very limited exceptions.
Refer with Caution
Referring cases can be lucrative, and getting referrals can help your business as well, but be cautious when seeking a referral fee. By accepting a fee for the referral, you have accepted joint responsibility for the outcome of the case. Don't assume it's in good hands.
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