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Twenty-First Century Solutions to the Age-Old Problem of Lawyers Who Abandon Practices Due to Death, Incapacity or Illness

December 2, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

The problem of lawyers abandoning a practice and leaving clients in the lurch is hardly new. Yet abandoned law practices are increasingly becoming a crisis for the legal profession reports Cincinnati Enquirer and Lexington Herald. In Kentucky, a recent tragic spike in the number of lawyer suicides  (six in 2012 alone) galvanized the bar’s attention […]

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The North Carolina Bar’s Double Standard for Data and Dollars

June 20, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Two months ago, North Carolina released Proposed Formal Ethics Opinion 6 , Subscribing to Software as a Service (SaaS) While Fulfilling the Duties of Confidentiality and Preservation of Client Property. As others, including my Social Media for Lawyers co-author Nicole Black, NC Bar LPM Advisor Eric Mazzone, e-lawyering pioneer Richard Granat and North Carolina virtual […]

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Legal Ethics of Cloud Computing

April 9, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Notwithstanding a work deadline and my still outstanding taxes, I’ve done my part to express my views on cloud computing in response to the North Carolina Ethics Committee Inquiry.  I’m not a member of the North Carolina Bar, but as a frequent commentator on solo and small firm practice, I felt it was important to […]

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North Carolina Wants Your Comments on Cloud Based Practice Management Tools.

April 7, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Yesterday, I received the urgent news, first from my colleague Stephanie Kimbro of VLO Tech, then Jack Newton of Clio that the North Carolina bar has been asked to provide a formal ethics opinion on the use of the “cloud” or web-based services by lawyers.  Details of some of the topics for consideration are here with comments […]

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Learning About the Future of Law From Our Kids

February 2, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Yesterday, my thirteen year old came home from school and announced that her science teacher now requires all of the students to keep their materials – class notes, homework, handouts and the like – on Dropbox.  And so, my daughter and her classmates spent the most of the class uploading documents from their computers (probably […]

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Is the Cloud the Cure for Solos Who Are Sick?

October 19, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week’s Maryland Daily Record describes what happens when solos get sick.  The story features one of my buddies, Herb Dubin, a lawyer here in Maryland – and as the article emphasizes, he’s the last person I’d have ever expected to get sick.  I met Herb at a Solosez lunch, but for a couple of […]

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