September 28, 2007
Keep It Safe: Protect Client Confidences, Their Funds, and Your Firm
The implementation of the New Rules of Professional Conduct on February 1, 2007 has created concern regarding compliance with record keeping, trust accounts, and confidentiality matters. How are you to design your office to comply with the new standards and stay out of trouble? Become familiar with the Professional Rules of Conduct as they relate to client trust funds, written fee agreements, and record keeping requirements by attending Keep It Safe: Protect Client Confidences, Client Funds and Your Firm on Friday, October 5 from 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. for 3.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 ethics.
Marilyn J. King of Henley March & Unger will cover the New Rules of Professional Conduct and trust accounting in regards to the safekeeping of funds and property, the non-refundability of fees in the absence of a written agreement, and records retention. In addition, Ms. King will give you tips on how best to structure your office procedures and manage personnel to prevent fraud and theft.
The need for confidentiality will be discussed by Maryellen Corna of Lane Alton & Horst in regards to testimonial privilege, the Ohio Trade Secrets Act, employee protection when it comes to personnel records and information, and firm records and information.
Pitfalls which may befall the attorney including client identification issues, electronic mail, and inadvertent employee disclosures will be shared also by Ms. Corna in addition to some promised “War Stories.”
Finally, Ms. Corna discloses what practices should be put in place to keep it safe such as identification of confidential information, confidentiality agreements, electronic communication policy, records destruction/policy storage and procedures, mobile technology policy, and the importance of training.
Protect yourself and your firm by registering online here, or by phone at 614/221.4112 for event #3721-1. The cost is $85 prepaid/$100 day of for members, $125 prepaid/$140 day of for non-members and $55 prepaid/$70 day of for paralegals.