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Guidelines for retention, destruction of client files

The question of how long lawyers need to keep closed client files is a frequent source of inquiries to the Office of Bar Counsel. The questions come not only from active or retired lawyers seeking to dispose of old files, ...

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Disaster-proof your law firm

According the American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey results, 58 percent of lawyers surveyed cited security concerns as the top reason that prevented them from using cloud computing in their law practices. The problem is, the current file storage ...

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Ageism not the remedy to attorney overpopulation

It has become a maxim that there are too many lawyers and that there is ongoing softness in demand for legal services. (Parenthetically, I disagree; there is, in fact, a dislocation between the supply and the demand for specific legal ...

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Fire safety could be a selling point for homes

With snow in the mountains and Treasure Valley temperatures in the soggy range, mid-winter is a down time of sorts for firefighters. But the spring construction season is a good time to start preparing for fires. If the past is ...

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Trader Joe’s means more than groceries

I’m not a fan of crowded grocery stores. So there’s only one thing could entice me to brave the madness of an event like the Feb. 28 opening day at Idaho’s first Trader Joe’s: marcona almonds. But, of course, almonds ...

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Employers should start now to prepare for health care reform

Last July, when the Obama administration announced the one-year delay, until Jan. 1, 2015, in imposing the employer-shared-responsibility penalties of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often referred to as health care reform), many Idaho employers slammed the brakes ...

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Protect your businesses from a Target-type breach Part II

This is the second of a two-part column aimed at helping businesses understand how they can shore up their security when accepting credit/debit card payments. Previously I shared the basics of a credit card breach, the liabilities you may face ...

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Be responsive with your firm’s site

In the technology world, one of the newer phrases taking hold is “responsive web design” or RWD, a strategy that calls for crafting sites that make navigation easier. Usually done through less content and more images, the approach aims for ...

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