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TLIE Declares $5,000,000 Distribution

2017 was another very good year for Texas Lawyers’ Insurance Exchange and our members. In years that premiums earned exceed projected claims, TLIE returns money to its insureds in the form of a policyholder distribution. I am pleased to report that on December 15, 2017, TLIE’s Board of Directors declared Read the full post

A Hacked Email Account: The Special Dangers for Lawyers

Many people have had their email accounts hacked-a third party has gained control over the email account.  Perhaps the most common sign is receiving emails or calls from many people who are in your email contacts saying they have gotten an email from you with an attachment that doesn’t seem Read the full post

What a Good Data Security Program Looks Like 

Law firms need a data security plan. Here is an outline of the major points that should be considered in the structure of law firm data security programs. Management level responsibility for security. Data security cannot simply be farmed out to IT consultants. Lawyers need to be involved because of their Read the full post

The Implications of ABA Opinion 477 for Texas Lawyers’ Use of the Internet for Communication

The opening paragraph summarizing ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 477 places requirements on lawyers using the Internet to transmit client information: A lawyer generally may transmit information relating to the representation of a client over the internet without violating the Model Rules of Professional Conduct where the lawyer has undertaken reasonable Read the full post

TLIE Adds Cyber Coverage for Most Insureds

Every lawyer and law firm employee today depends on computers to do their job.  Law firm records, work-product and client information are all stored on computers and across networks, and transactions are commonly conducted electronically.  Computer technology has improved the delivery of legal services in many ways, but not without Read the full post

Disaster Planning Guide For Lawyers

The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is a good reminder to lawyers to make a plan for the unexpected – minimizing the cost to you, your practice, and your clients. Here are Tom Watson’s tips to get you started. Tom is senior vice president and direct of Read the full post

Exposure for Double Damages to Attorneys and Law Firms under Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage)

Medicare provides eligible individuals the right to receive Medicare benefits through Parts A and B or through Part C of the program.  Parts A and B are the original Medicare fee-for-service program providing certain hospital and medical benefits.  Part C, referred to as Medicare Advantage, provides an option for eligible Read the full post

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