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ALPS 411 Blog Digest - February 2015 Edition

Why the Use of an Engagement Letter Should Never be Optional

Engagement letters seem to be one of those documents that most attorneys intellectually appreciate the value of but often underutilize. This letter simply isn’t in consistent use day to day and the excuses run the gamut. I often hear “Repeat clients would be offended,” “They take more time than their worth, particularly with flat fee work,” “Given our practice areas, there really is no need,” “If I had to write one of those every time a question came in I’d never get any work done” or ...

 
Now You See Them! DIY Recordings of Depositions

For all of you who have thought how nice it would be to have every deposition videoed, but did not think that the value of every case was worth the cost of hiring a videographer, here is a DIY tip worth considering. For a relatively small investment of time and money, you can video every deposition.

The investment of money is in getting a reasonably good quality digital video camera, a small tripod and an external microphone. The investment in time is in learning to...

 
What You Will Never Know Unless You Ask

I have previously written about the value of peer review as a quality control process within the law firm setting. In this post I would like to go in a slightly different direction because seasoned partners, if they are open to running with peer review at all, tend to want to view the peer review process as more of an educational tool for associates and they’ll leave it at that. Personally I find that a bit short sighted because a good percentage of reported claims are the result of a partner’s misstep ...

 
A Lawyer's Guide to Social Media Marketing-Free Download
 
If the clients you'd dearly love to have are on the Internet (and trust us, they are) you might be missing out on a world of marketing opportunity: It's called social media.
 
As luck would have it, ALPS' partner, Attorney at Work, has just released its newest e-zine, Connected: A Lawyer's Guide to Social Media Marketing. It has 50-plus pages of expert tips, tricks and links ...
 
ALPS Attorney Match receives American Bar Association award for creative delivery of legal services

February 18, 2015 – The American Bar Association (ABA) has honored ALPS, the nation’s largest direct writer of lawyers’ malpractice insurance, with Meritorious Recognition for the 2015 Louis M. Brown Award for ALPS Attorney Match. ALPS Attorney Match is a free online resource that connects lawyers from all walks of the profession in a secure and dynamic social network ...

 
ALPS Named 2015 Employer of Choice by the Job Service Employers Council

ALPS, the nation's largest direct writer of lawyers' malpractice insurance based in Missoula, Montana, was recently named by the Job Service Employers Council (JSEC) as the Employer of Choice for companies with between 25 and 74 employees.

At ALPS the professional work setting comes with a solid benefits package, employee rewards programs, and low staff turnover ...

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