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Chair’s Message to Members

Texas Lawyers’ Insurance Exchange celebrated its 37th anniversary in May 2016, and I am happy to report the past year has been another great year for TLIE and its insureds. TLIE was founded in 1979 as the result of a crisis in the commercial insurance market during which Texas lawyers Read the full post

Why Anti-Virus is Not Enough  

In a recent TLIE claim, a lawyer was engaged to close a transaction. On the day before closing, the lawyer received an email from the seller asking for the funds to be wired to a different bank than originally requested. The lawyer complied with the request, but the seller later Read the full post

Keeping Confidences When A Lawyer Changes Firms

One of our most frequently asked questions at TLIE concerns potential conflict issues with lateral hires. When a lawyer moves from one law firm to another, the lawyer is required to keep confidences learned at the prior firm. Texas law has been at odds with other states and decisions in Read the full post

TLIE’s Loss Prevention Services

TLIE offers free loss prevention services for its insureds, as well as low cost continuing education and certain other free resources for all attorneys. Our current offerings include: • Online seminars • Speakers • Consultations • Materials • Online Resources Please visit http://www.tlie.org/member-benefits/, call 1-800-252-9332, or email rskmgmt@tlie.org for more Read the full post

Free CLE for TLIE Insureds

TLIE continues to offer free online, on demand continuing legal education for our insureds at https://tlie.learnupon.com. A new course, Ethics and Malpractice Issues Concerning Email, will be posted in early February 2017. We will also be updating our general course on avoidance of malpractice claims soon. Our engagement and conflicts Read the full post

TLIE Declares 20th Consecutive Distribution

This is TLIE’s 37th anniversary, and I am very pleased to report that 2016 was another successful year for Texas Lawyers’ Insurance Exchange. On December 19, 2016, TLIE’s Board of Directors declared a policyholder distribution of $4.75 million. TLIE has returned a total of $46,300,000 to policyholders since 1997. TLIE’s Read the full post

I Received a Letter From the State Bar of Texas. What Do I Do Now?”

Receiving a letter from the State Bar of Texas notifying you that a grievance has been filed against you can be upsetting and daunting.  Consider the following as soon as you receive a letter from the State Bar, because you must respond within 30 days. 1. Read the letter, don’t Read the full post

Texas Ethics Opinion Allows Lawyers to Use Collection Agencies: Should You Use Them?

Ethics, Fees, Firm Management

A recent Texas ethics opinion addresses two issues concerning collection of unpaid fees from clients. In Opinion 652, the Professional Ethics Committee addresses whether a lawyer may use a collection agency to collect overdue fees, and whether nonpaying clients may be reported to a credit bureau. Prior opinions of the Read the full post

Texas Ethics Opinion 651: Email Links on Law Firm Websites

Conflicts, Ethics, Technology

The Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar of Texas has issued an opinion regarding the confidentiality of emails sent by prospective clients. Opinion 651 is a critical opinion for lawyers and law firms which have websites. The opinion concludes that lawyers are not required to warn prospective clients who Read the full post

When (And How) Can You Destroy Client Files?

Firm Management

2013 Texas Ethics Opinion 627  indicates that lawyers can eventually dispose of client files, but provides no indication of what period of time constitutes a proper “passage of time.” The opinion is based on assumed facts that a law firm uses a 5 year retention period. Two recent opinions in other states Read the full post