Put Into Practice 

December 2019
by Jay Reeves

Although you may know the words to Jingle Bells by heart, you probably haven't actually dashed through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh.

If you have, it's doubtful you were laughing all the way. More likely, you were clinging to the sides of the careening missile in terror, your face frozen in fear, your mind racing to recall if you'd updated your will before embarking on this death ride.

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Mark Scruggs (left) and Warren Savage
Lawyers Mutual Senior Claims Counsel, Mark Scruggs has been selected as a recipient of The John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award. The John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award program honors current and retired members of the North Carolina State Bar throughout the state who have demonstrated exemplary service to the legal profession. Members of the Bar are encouraged to nominate colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding service to the profession.

Mark Scruggs was nominated by fellow Senior Claims Counsel, Warren Savage.

During year end, attorneys, staff, and clients are often feeling rushed to bring work to a conclusion, including closings.

Be on high alert for scams.

The single most common cause of wire fraud is hacked email.

For ways to prevent scams and steps to take if you believe you are the victim of wire fraud, click here.
25+ Legal Tech and Business of Law Predictions for 2020
Predictions are an educated guess - equal parts reflection, intuition, experience, and aspiration. The end of the year presents an opportunity to look back on what has happened and make predictions as to what will happen next.
Article includes a contribution from Camille Stell, President and CEO of Lawyers Mutual Consulting and Services. 
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In This Issue
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Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide
Do you know which best-in-class law office tech products have a "sweet spot" price just for solo and small firm lawyers?  If not, you can find the best buys in the 2019 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide, published by the ABA Law Practice Division. 
Have you heard the news?  
Lawyers Mutual moved into the building across the parking lot from our previous location.  Our new street address is 1001 Winstead Drive, Suite 285, Cary, NC 27513The mailing address/post office box remains the same. Please update your records accordingly.  Thank you.

Thank you to our insureds who are providing valuable feedback as we continue our Client Experience Survey.
Lawyers Mutual Consulting and Services partners with Jay Reeves to publish "The Most Powerful Attorney in the World"

Clio Legal Software
Legal Trends Report 2019
The Most Powerful Attorney in the World
written by Jay Reeves
Get access to the legal industry's first longitudinal analysis on how law firms succeed-and how they struggle. You'll also gain critical insights into how today's legal consumer shops for legal services.  This year's report also includes results from Clio's in-depth analysis of law firm responsiveness, where they put firms to the test with 1,000 emails and 500 phone calls.  

Lawyers Mutual Consulting and Services (LMCS) published its first book entitled "The Most Powerful Attorney in the World" in November 2019. The book, which was written by Jay Reeves, is a collection of short stories from a "Law Life well-lived."
While Reeves' book is the first publishing effort under Lawyers Mutual Consulting and Services, it's not the last as LMCS currently has two books in production for release in early 2020.
Upcoming CLE Programs
Lawyers Mutual 2019-2020 Put Into Practice CLE Series 

Date and  Location
Wed., Jan. 22, 2020 - Greenville
Thu., Jan. 23, 2020 - New Bern
Fri., Jan. 24, 2020 - Wrightsville Beach
Thu., Feb. 6, 2020 - Cary (morning or afternoon)

To register: Click the city for the date and location you would like to attend. For Cary attendees, please select either the morning or afternoon program.

Approved for North Carolina State Bar CLE credit:
1 hour Ethics/Professionalism credit
2 hours General credit (includes the required Technology hour)

Program Details
Professional Misconduct Allegations
This program will focus on u nderstanding the grievance process, the most common complaints, tips for responding, and how to avoid them altogether.
Cybersecurity Without Breaking the Bank
This program will provide an overview of legal and regulatory considerations in light of emerging technologies while spotlighting that any size law firm is susceptible.

This Case is Killing Me
Lawsuits can be stressful (and lawsuits against YOU can be even more stressful) - on clients, attorneys, carriers, and others. This panel will address the stresses of representing difficult clients and how to prevent those cases from evolving into a legal malpractice claim.
Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services and The Law Practice Exchange present What's Your Law Firm Continuity Plan?  - The Secrets of Buying, Selling and Other Succession Strategies Available to Lawyers to Continue to Practice Without Fear (VIDEO REPLAYS) 

Date and location:
Thu., Jan. 23, 2020 - Rocky Mount
Thu., Jan. 30, 2020 - Pinehurst
Tue., Feb. 11, 2020 - Boone
Wed., Feb. 12, 2020 - Manteo
Mon., Feb. 17, 2020 - Winston-Salem
Tue., Feb. 18, 2020 - Charlotte
Wed., Feb. 19, 2020 - Gastonia
Mon., Feb. 24, 2020 - Greensboro
Tue., Feb. 25, 2020 - Cary (morning or afternoon)
Thu., Feb. 26, 2020 - Asheville

To register: Click the city for the date and location you would like to attend.
What's Your Law Firm Continuity Plan? Join us to learn the Secrets of Buying, Selling and Other Succession Strategies Available to Lawyers to Continue to Practice Without Fear. Topics include opportunities and challenges in selling your practice, the keys to a successful transition, how to value a law practice and find a potential buyer, and more.
Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services presents the 3rd Annual North Carolina Managing Partners Summit 

March 17, 2020 
NC State Bar Building
217 East Edenton Street
Room 203
Raleigh, NC 27601

Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services is proud to present the annual North Carolina Managing Partners Summit. The Summit is designed to provide business of law education and networking opportunities for North Carolina managing partners and firm leaders.
 Click here for more information and to register.