Upcoming Events and CLE
- 1/15/2018 — Talk to a Lawyer Today. Monday, Jan. 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph County (Downtown) Public Library, lower level. TTATL is a free opportunity for members of the public to speak with an attorney about their legal issues. First come, first served. See flyer (PDF). Presented by the Volunteer Lawyer Network.
- 2/22/2018 — Winter Bar Gathering. Thurs., Feb. 22, 2018, 5:00-7:00p.m. at LaSalle Grill, 115 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drinks included. $40 before 2/18; $55 after. SJCBA members only — 2018 dues must be paid prior to attendance. Register here.
See more upcoming events on our Calendar page
2017 Local Practice Seminar
- Looking for descriptions of the seminars or program materials? Go here.
Helpful e-filing links and tips
After a couple of “e-filing only” weeks, clerks, lawyers, and judges are discovering some best practices. Here are a couple for you to incorporate into your work flows.
- Be sure to sign everything you file, including property settlement agreements. Without paper minute entries, no one knows who filed a document if you don’t have your name on it. (Don’t forget, Trial Rule 11 says thou shalt sign all filings even if the client signs it.)
- Call the clerks or court before submitting a notice of hearing so you can include the date and time on the notice. This helps filings move through the system more quickly.
- e-Filing Users Guide http://www.in.gov/judiciary/4313.htm
- e-Filing Training by Providers http://www.in.gov/judiciary/4315.htm
- e-Filing Providers Comparison: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/e-filing-efsp-comparison.pdf
You need to read this
Believe it or not, computer hackers are interested in getting access to your computer systems. Madison County, Indiana was hacked and had its networks taken over by “ransomware”—software that encrypts your data and keeps it from you unless you pay a ransom. The cost for Madison County to free up their computers? Twenty-one thousand dollars. You’ve undoubtedly heard about the recent spread of ransomware affecting tens of thousands of computers around the world. In the eyes of the hackers, smaller and unsophisticated law firms are easier targets.
Lawyers and law firms must protect themselves. For more information and advice, check out this article in the ABA Journal: Law firms must manage cybersecurity risks. Also, check with your malpractice carrier to see if it offers coverage for claims like ransomware.