Put Into Practice 

March 2018
The Little Boy Who Stood On the Law
by Jay Reeves

The other day at the local recycling center I spotted a stack of boxes filled with discarded law books.

It was a small mountain of trashed tomes. There were elegant Restatements of the Law, finely-bound Southeastern Reporters and what appeared to be an entire set of North Carolina General Statutes. All the law you would ever need.
by Kathy Fisher, Underwriter

Do you remember "Blue Light Specials"?  If you ever shopped at Kmart, you remember the "Blue Light Specials" - that surprise moment when a deep discount was announced on merchandise over the loud speaker and the blue police light lit up somewhere in the store.

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Lawyers Mutual Declares Dividend
Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina has declared a policyholder dividend equal to 5.7% of the final premium paid on your 2017 policy.  This dividend, which will total nearly $1 million, will be paid at policy expiration and represent the fourteenth time since 1999 that Lawyers Mutual has declared and paid a policyholder dividend.

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In This Issue
Quick Links
In the Lending Library: Marketing Success: How Did She Do That?
Greensboro lawyer Afi Johnson-Parris and Dee Schiavelli interview women lawyers across the country to identify their path to success.

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Have your Trust Accounts Been Audited by the State Bar?
What's Next?
  Fixed Fee Legal Services Online - What is the State Bar Doing about AVVO?

 Dawn Cash-Salau,
Escrow Consulting and Accounting, LLC

Suzanne Lever,
 Assistant Ethics Counsel
Having your trust account(s) audited by the North Carolina State Bar can be a scary experience for most lawyers. Even the most diligent lawyers, whose trust accounts are being audited, can be put on edge.  Your livelihood can be on the line, and your concerns are justified.   
At its meeting on October 26, 2017, the Ethics Committee voted to return Proposed 2017 Formal Ethics Opinion 6, regarding participation in Avvo Legal Services, to a subcommittee for further study. Why? To give the subcommittee time to consider the comments in opposition to the proposed opinion received from North Carolina lawyers.

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Upcoming CLE Programs
Save the Date! NCBA, Clio and Lawyers Mutual Present NC's 1st Solo and Small Firm Conference 
When: June 8, 2018
Where: NC Bar Center 
Join us for this conference  designed to address the issues that are unique to solos and small firms.

Registration will open soon. 
Lawyers Mutual presents NC Managing Partners Summit

When: May 22, 2018 
     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.    
Where: NC State Bar Bldg.
     217 East Edenton Street
     Room 203
     Raleigh, NC 27601

Early Bird Registration Fee of $199 ends March 29th.

Lawyers Mutual is proud to present the first North Carolina Managing Partners Summit. The Summit is designed to provide education and networking opportunities for North Carolina managing partners and firm leaders 

LMASE Triangle/Triad
Luncheon: Charting a Path for Succession Planning
When: March 22, 2018 
     12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.    
Where: Hutchinson Law
     3110 Edwards Mill Road
     Suite 300
     Raleigh, NC 27612

Is your firm prepared for your most active rainmaker to retire? This program will guide you through the challenges to succession planning, a deep dive into the succession plan developed by a southeast regional mid-size law firm along with best practices for your firm to develop a successful model for transition.
Post Office Box 1929      Cary, NC 27512