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Whereas, you should try to avoid legalese

We’re lawyers. Collectively, we’ve been trained for decades to write words that never appear in conversation. Words like “wherefore” and “herein,” as well as phrases like “notwithstanding the foregoing.” The problem is that these documents are generally meant to be ...

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A venerable business quietly moves with the times

I always worry about places like Nelson School Supply. The store, a modest one-story building on the corner of State and 11th streets, has an oddly elegiac quality. It’s similar to the little shops I remember from my hometown in ...

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Trust and responsibility are values that mean business in Idaho

Used to be that business was done with a handshake. A personal commitment and a shake of the hand meant you could trust someone to deliver what they promised. And if they couldn’t, they made it right for those who ...

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Create content once, multiply visibility by 5

Developing informative, rich content is a solid approach to positioning yourself as a thought leader in your field. Successfully sharing your compelling content is the critical next step necessary for competing in today’s crowded legal marketplace. Sounds straightforward enough. But ...

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A collection policy to avoid write-downs

A firm’s realization rate is fundamental to “The Business of Law.” Realization is simply the percentage of what is billed that is actually collected, and in today’s economy low realization remains the biggest financial problem for most lawyers. A 95 ...

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Backward movement in producing STEM graduates

Idaho’s workforce gets a lot of praise from the new companies that choose the Treasure Valley. Arriving CEOs say Idahoans are hard working, honest and reliable. For the last half-dozen years, state lawmakers, economic development officials, educators and many business ...

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Wellness programs increase financial incentive, but more guidance is needed

On June 3, the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Labor published final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act requirements for wellness programs integrated with employer-sponsored health plans. The final rule is effective for ...

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Don’t forget federal law protecting company computers

Many companies are concerned how to protect their electronically stored information and prevent it from being accessed, altered or deleted by unauthorized individuals. In some cases, these “hackers” can be the company’s own employees: Either during employment or on their ...

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Would your firm pass a data security audit?

Lawyers are bound by Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15, which requires that client files be “appropriately safeguarded;” failure to comply is a failure in the overall duty to act competently and in the best interests of a client.

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