How to Find the Best Lawyer

After you have been affected by prescription drug side effects it is rather necessary for you to search for a prescription drug lawyer who will allow you to in processing your case. There are various lawyers available however not all of these will guarantee you quality services hence you should don’t be in a hurry and asses the suitability of a given lawyer before you start to rent him. Among the factors that you have to look in a solicitor before you leave either to hire one or possibly not, is to read reviews that other people around you have offered concerning the lawyer. In case you take your time and that will let best lawyer there are many benefits that you will enjoy. Below are a few benefits that you will enjoy after you choose to rent the most effective lawyer:

 
 
 
 

The perfect prescription drug lawyer will enable you to in increasing your possibility of accessing compensation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The most effective lawyer will be able to inform you appropriately on what you will be required to take action that you’ll be able to access your compensation. It is unlike an incident where you will be trying to keep your lawyer and you end up making plenty of mistakes which will end up exposing you several different disadvantages while at the legal of law. Remember within the court of law even an insult mistake while preparing your prescription drug lawsuit can find yourself making your case null.

 
 
 
 

Prescription drug lawyer will assist you save on time while processing your lawsuit

 
 
 
 

There are actually several types of papers that you’ll be essential to prepare so that you will be able to display your case just before the court of law. With a great prescription drug lawyer, the lawyer will help you in preparing the papers in which you will avoid any major errors. It will to create the hearing of one’s case keep on smoothly hence saving you time that you may be asked to spend in the legal of law. It is unlike a scenario whir you may be trying to process reality by yourself which might end up exposing you to different types of embarrassments due to failure to fulfill certain procedures required before your case could be heard.

 
 
 
 

When working with the perfect prescription drug lawyer you’ll lower your expenses while processing your lawsuit

 
 
 
 

The savings would come in in which the lawyer will charge you fairly. That is unlike a case where you’ll be working with lawyers who will expose you several different types of exploitation so as to gain more away from the suggestions that they will offer you. One of the best prescription drug lawyer also are popular where many people will prefer him when it comes to the services. This will end up being making the lawyer earn more away from the services he offers hence you will avoid cases of exploitation in working with the lawyer. It’s a special benefit that you will enjoy after you choose to work with the perfect lawyer if you happen to end up wining your case. Apart from just wining the lawyer will advocate so that you can be compensated the correct quantity that you simply deserve hence so it is a fantastic success.

 
 
 
 

There are lots of lawyers available although not all of these will guarantee you quality services hence you should take it easy and asses the suitability of a certain lawyer before you decide to rent him. Some of the factors that you need to look in a solicitor before you decide if you want to hire one or not, is to read reviews that other people around you have offered about the lawyer. With an excellent prescription drug lawyer, the lawyer will enable you to in preparing the papers where you will avoid any major errors. It is a significant advantage that you will enjoy after you select to do the tasks the perfect lawyer in any case that you end up wining your case.

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How to Find the Best Lawyer

Review of Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers

Information Security is an increasingly important topic. It is also a subject matter where relatively few lawyers have much background or training. Lawyers do have great experience learning from the experts where all types of subject matters are concerned. My friends and colleagues, Sharon Nelson, David Ries and John Simek are experts in this field. The original edition of Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers was a significant publication when it first came out out in 2013. There have been many developments since then (especially on the LockedDown2nd-cransomware front) and so we welcome the new edition Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, 2nd edition. I predict you will find this a readable and useful book, even if you do not have an IT background.

 

So I also welcome a short guest review of Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, 2nd edition by Molly Peacock, an attorney at Rees Broome, PC (June 16, 2016)

 

With great power comes great responsibility. We lawyers are required to keep certain communications and information a secret from non-clients. We need to understand, given our position of trust, that the convenience and speed of e-mail, computers, mobile devices, and the Internet come with a price. The price is our ongoing responsibility to take prudent steps to safeguard our clients’ information and communications.

 

Prudence, ethics, reasonableness and the law require us to have an increasing level of competence about, among other things, cybersecurity: e-mail security, backing up of digital files, secure disposal of saved information and how to reduce the risks inherent with the increasing connectivity of computers and devices. 

 

The second edition of Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers by Sharon Nelson, David Ries, and John Simek, gives lawyers clear guidance about the protection of law firm data and a wealth of helpful resources. In addition to its comprehensiveness, the brilliance of Locked Down is how manageably it provides technical information essential for lawyers. The authors’ writing style is readable and even enjoyable. You may have to see it with your own eyes to believe how a book about technological advances, best practices, and security must-dos (and don’ts) for lawyers in the digital age can be fun to read. 

 

Fun aside, the content is crucial for serious practitioners who care about their clients, their law practice, and complying with the ABA and states’ ethical requirements of competence with technology. Locked Down is ideally read cover to cover. However, it is also a reference for topics pertinent to solo, small, medium, large firms about prudent and necessary practices. The light that Locked Down shines on important technical topics (safe browsing, passwords, encryption, mobile devices, and many more), is proffered in a practical, readable way. Clearly, its authors care deeply about lawyers, their clients, and the ever evolving interplay between the practice of law and the advance of technology. Thank you to authors Nelson, Ries and Simek for your invaluable guidance!

 

Molly Peacock

 

Counsel, Rees Broome, PC

 

 

Review of Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers

Protect Yourself from Spear Phishing and Ransomware

No PhishingHere is a guest post from my colleague Laura A. Calloway, Director of Service Programs for the Alabama State Bar. She has been a practice management advisor for a few weeks longer than I have (and, even after all these years, she never lets me forget it.) These latest spear phishing attacks that purport to be from local bar association leaders will likely be duplicated in other regions in the future. So thanks to Laura for letting us republish her sound advice on this topic.

 

Protect Yourself from Spear Phishing and Ransomware

 

by Laura A. Calloway

 

Some Alabama State Bar members were targeted earlier in the week by a spear phishing email with a ransomware payload, so it’s a good idea to remind lawyers be aware of this type of malicious electronic attack and to take appropriate precautions against it.  So what does this mean, in plain English?

 

Almost everyone is familiar by now with phishing attacks, which involve a scammer sending an email with a spoofed address.  The email is made to appear to be from someone you know or do business with,  in the hope that you will open an attached document or click on a web link within the email, allowing a program embedded in the email or link to install a virus or other malicious software on your computer.  We’ve all received an email from a bank we don’t do business with, saying that we need to log in immediately and change our password or update other information.  Those are easy to spot.  Spear phishing takes this practice to a higher level by seeking out information about the target in order to make the email message seem more likely to really be from someone he or she know, increasing the chances that the recipient will hurriedly and unthinkingly click the link or open the attachment.

 

In this case, it appears that the scammers obtained email addresses from several local bar associations, probably from online directories, and then targeteded email to the members, purportedly from the local bar president, stating that there was complaint for violation of the rules of professional conduct pending against the member. Needless to say, some people were tricked into opening the links or attachments.  And this is where the ransomware comes into play.

 

Ransomware is a malicious program which, when downloaded to a computer, encrypts all of the data on the computer’s hard drive.  The computer owner is unable to access any of his or her data, and usually receives a demand for payment, either through bitcoin or PayPal, within a certain period to time.  Often, the payment demand is structured so that if payment is not made by a certain time the ransom goes up and, after a couple of escalations, the computer owner is told that he or she has permanently lost the opportunity to have the data unlocked.

 

So what can busy lawyers do to protect themselves from this type of attack?  Here are a few quick tips:

 
 
    • Make sure that your operating system and all software applications are up to date and completely patched. Malicious software often takes advantage of flaws in older or unpatched software in order to download itself and run.
 
 
 
    • Purchase one or more good antivirus programs and make sure that both the program and the virus signatures are updated regularly.
 
 
 
    • Develop a good backup system, including a backup component that is not constantly connected to your system and the internet. Most ransomware programs are now capable of encrypting not just the computer they are installed on but also data on networked drives, including backup drives.
 
 
 
    • Test your backup system regularly, including reinstalling data from the backup to make sure that it will work in the event of an attack.
 
 
 
    • Most important, remind yourself and your staff to carefully review every email – especially ones that are not expected – before clicking on web links or opening or downloading attachments. If you have any doubt at all, call the sender before opening the attachment or clicking on the link.
 
 

Note from Jim: Following Laura’s advice and discussing all of this with your staff can help you avoid huge headaches. Thank you, Laura, for sharing with all of us.

Protect Yourself from Spear Phishing and Ransomware

Protect Yourself from Spear Phishing and Ransomware

No PhishingHere is a guest post from my colleague Laura A. Calloway, Director of Service Programs for the Alabama State Bar. She has been a practice management advisor for a few weeks longer than I have (and, even after all these years, she never lets me forget it.) These latest spear phishing attacks that purport to be from local bar association leaders will likely be duplicated in other regions in the future. So thanks to Laura for letting us republish her sound advice on this topic.

 

Protect Yourself from Spear Phishing and Ransomware

 

by Laura A. Calloway

 

Some Alabama State Bar members were targeted earlier in the week by a spear phishing email with a ransomware payload, so it’s a good idea to remind lawyers be aware of this type of malicious electronic attack and to take appropriate precautions against it.  So what does this mean, in plain English?

 

Almost everyone is familiar by now with phishing attacks, which involve a scammer sending an email with a spoofed address.  The email is made to appear to be from someone you know or do business with,  in the hope that you will open an attached document or click on a web link within the email, allowing a program embedded in the email or link to install a virus or other malicious software on your computer.  We’ve all received an email from a bank we don’t do business with, saying that we need to log in immediately and change our password or update other information.  Those are easy to spot.  Spear phishing takes this practice to a higher level by seeking out information about the target in order to make the email message seem more likely to really be from someone he or she know, increasing the chances that the recipient will hurriedly and unthinkingly click the link or open the attachment.

 

In this case, it appears that the scammers obtained email addresses from several local bar associations, probably from online directories, and then targeteded email to the members, purportedly from the local bar president, stating that there was complaint for violation of the rules of professional conduct pending against the member. Needless to say, some people were tricked into opening the links or attachments.  And this is where the ransomware comes into play.

 

Ransomware is a malicious program which, when downloaded to a computer, encrypts all of the data on the computer’s hard drive.  The computer owner is unable to access any of his or her data, and usually receives a demand for payment, either through bitcoin or PayPal, within a certain period to time.  Often, the payment demand is structured so that if payment is not made by a certain time the ransom goes up and, after a couple of escalations, the computer owner is told that he or she has permanently lost the opportunity to have the data unlocked.

 

So what can busy lawyers do to protect themselves from this type of attack?  Here are a few quick tips:

 
 
    • Make sure that your operating system and all software applications are up to date and completely patched. Malicious software often takes advantage of flaws in older or unpatched software in order to download itself and run.
 
 
 
    • Purchase one or more good antivirus programs and make sure that both the program and the virus signatures are updated regularly.
 
 
 
    • Develop a good backup system, including a backup component that is not constantly connected to your system and the internet. Most ransomware programs are now capable of encrypting not just the computer they are installed on but also data on networked drives, including backup drives.
 
 
 
    • Test your backup system regularly, including reinstalling data from the backup to make sure that it will work in the event of an attack.
 
 
 
    • Most important, remind yourself and your staff to carefully review every email – especially ones that are not expected – before clicking on web links or opening or downloading attachments. If you have any doubt at all, call the sender before opening the attachment or clicking on the link.
 
 

Note from Jim: Following Laura’s advice and discussing all of this with your staff can help you avoid huge headaches. Thank you, Laura, for sharing with all of us.

Protect Yourself from Spear Phishing and Ransomware

So much to read online, so little time

With so much information available on the Internet, I appreciate it when others I trust sort through a lot of material and recommend the best choices to me. Twitter is one of my primary news aggregators as I follow a lot of law office management and technology experts on Twitter.

 

Starting in  2015, we launched the OBA Management Assistance Program Reading Room. It consists of links to dozen (or so) stories each month that we have found of interest. The articles are not all about law office management technology, but many are. They are all articles I think would be of interest to busy legal professionals.

 

Reading RoomSo the last two months we have gone a bit overboard and posted 43 articles to our Reading Room. These have spanned all sorts of topics from the impact of artificial intelligence on our profession to having difficult conversations, from responding to a data breach to mental health issues and the effect of Prince’s death on estate planning inquiries.

 

So I decided to take this opportunity to remind all of you to stop by our OBA MAP Reading Room and in particular take the opportunity to look at the collections we have curated from April 2016 and May 2016.

So much to read online, so little time