This week’s special topic what lawyers need to do to keep themselves in compliance and ready to defend against an ethics inquiry or a lawsuit.
As a second example, let’s consider the conflict checking system. And for the sake of argument, let’s continue with the premise that the answer is as easy as Easysoft’s legal software, specifically, “Easy Trust” trust accounting software and “Easy TimeBill” law office billing software.
You get hired by a client. There is an opposing party. If you can remember the names of your current clients, what about your former clients? Opposing clients? Other members of the Board of Directors? Witnesses you’ve grilled on cross-examination? Co-employees listed on e-mails but not charged? Opposing counsel? Judges?
Grievance committees and malpractice carriers alike expect that, as a routine part of business, lawyers will have a conflict control system that is used no less than when a new client calls for a consultation and when you offer to represent a client. Ideally, it is used at multiple points during representation, as well, such as before issuing subpoenas to testify at trial.
Easy TimeBill law office billing software contains a unique database feature that allows you to build a database and search the database for conflicts with the simple click of a button. The Easy TimeBill data base feature of our legal software encourages you to enter the names of all persons associated with a case – not just the parties. When you input the names of witnesses, counsel, and the judge into our legal software, you go the extra step to build aggregate data in one database, ready to search.
The Easy TimeBill legal billing software also allows you to enter the names of former clients and people associated with their cases. If you have not previously used an automated client conflict system, this will help you to establish one. Even if all you do is enter the names of the parties from cases you have closed out within the past few years and then continue to use this system going forward, you will have a foundation for a conflict check system using Easy TimeBill legal software.