OSB Professional Liability Fund

  • Options for Redaction

    November 02, 2018

    Lawyers often need to securely remove confidential information, otherwise known as redaction, from discoverable documents. The physical act of using redaction tape or a sharpie to remove information from documents is time-consuming and can be frustrating to say the least, especially since many documents now arrive in electronic form rather than paper. If you haven’t already, consider using software to assist with the redaction process.

    by Rachel Edwards

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  • Reduce Malpractice Risk by Properly Managing Files

    May 04, 2018

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    How you manage your files can present a malpractice risk. Proper file management can help you reduce the risk because it allows you to find the documents you need and encourages documentation.

    by Hong Dao

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  • Responding to Requests for the Client File

    December 04, 2017

    Responding to Requests for the Client File
    Lawyers routinely receive requests to share materials from the client file. Sometimes clients ask the lawyer directly, but other times the request comes from new counsel or third parties. Evaluating these requests requires you to consider who is entitled to the client file, as well as what documents and materials belong in the client file. Furthermore, you must also ask whether any limitations prevent you from releasing the complete contents of the client file.

    by Jennifer Meisberger

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  • A Better Way to Store Your Closed Files

    July 28, 2017

    The PLF gets frequent calls from lawyers asking about best practices for dealing with closed files. Traditionally, lawyers put their closed paper files in filing cabinets and store them in their office. When the cabinets are full, they move the files to a storage facility or the basement of the office building. The files stay there until destruction time, which is usually 10 years.

    by Hong Dao

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  • Unwanted Data: How to Properly Destroy Data in Hardware

    April 21, 2017

    If you have old computers and other office equipment laying around in your law office or home, there is a good reason they are still with you and not in the dumpster. This article will discuss why you should be concerned about the data in your devices and the proper way to dispose of them.

    by Hong Dao

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