Put Into Practice 

September 2019
by Jay Reeves

Wouldn't you love to have a Magic Button that, when pressed, adds an extra hour to your day?

Just think. Whenever you're feeling overwhelmed, overextended or over a barrel, all you have to do is push the Magic Button and presto, you've got an additional 60 minutes - 3,600 whole seconds - to do with as you please. 

by Warren Savage

Every civil litigation attorney worth their salt in our state has relied at least a handful of times on Gray Wilson's North Carolina Civil Procedure treatise to navigate the intricacies and traps of the Rules of Civil Procedure. The good news is that now state appellate lawyers will also have their own new go-to treatise by our favorite "Ms. Fix-It," Beth Scherer, and her colleague Matt Leerberg.

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Session Law 2019-117 goes into effect on October 1, 2019, and requires any instrument to be recorded in the Register of Deeds have a margin of at least one-half inch. [N.C. Gen. Stat. ยง 161-14(b)(2)] This will increase the margin from a quarter-inch to a half-inch and will allow the Register to reject any instrument which violates the new margin (or charge a non-conforming document fee of $25.00). Check your forms and watch for signatures, initials or interlineations which violate the new margin requirement.

Changes in wiring instructions may not be legitimate. 
Scammers have infiltrated the email accounts of realtors to send altered wiring instructions - but the same scammers could also infiltrate the emails of clients, other services providers, and even law firms in order to steal client funds. 
Download more information here.

Have you been thinking about retirement, or slowing down? Do you wonder what the next step is? For many practicing attorneys,  selling their law practice is a viable option.

Join us  via Video Replay as we discuss the opportunities and challenges in selling your practice.

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Avoid the Flu this Season    
LM Title is hosting a flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 17th. Lunch will be provided.  
Please RSVP by October 14th.   
In This Issue
Quick Links
100 Things You Need to Know: Business Etiquette by Mary Crane
Mary Crane's book of tips may be useful as a reminder of these common practices you are already aware of, but it can also give guidance for situations you may not have considered.  
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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.


Nick Long  
Vice President of Underwriting

Camille Stell
Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services
For those of us "of a certain age," we have fond memories of spending Saturday mornings with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, as well as Bullet, Trigger, and Nellebelle.  It's hard to pinpoint exactly what historical time Roy and Dale inhabited, but I have distinct memories of horse and buggies, as well as cars and trucks.  I think I even remember an airplane or two.  
Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services President Camille Stell has been selected as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management.
This prestigious honor is bestowed upon law practice management specialists who consistently exemplify the highest professional standards and achievements.  
Upcoming CLE Programs
Lawyers Mutual 2019-2020 Put Into Practice CLE Series 

Date and  Location
Tues., Oct. 29, 2019 - Clemmons
Wed., Oct. 30, 2019 - Asheville
Thu., Oct. 31, 2019 - Greensboro
Fri., Nov. 22, 2019 - Concord
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., Oct. 10, 2019 - Asheville
Fri., Oct. 18, 2019 - Greenboro
Fri., Oct. 25, 2019 - Wilmington
Fri., Nov. 22, 2019 - Hickory

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 and the Law Practice Exchange present Transferring Ownership of Your Law Firm to the Next Generation  

November 11-12, 2019  
Crabtree Marriott
4500 Marriott Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
Did you know you might be sitting on an asset that's worth more than you ever imagined? It's your law practice.
You've spent years building your practice to where it is now. You've invested time, effort and money in it. Don't let all that go to waste.
LM Title presents the 1st annual Concord Real Property CLE 

Friday, November 22, 2019
12:45 pm-3:30 pm

Includes lunch, 2 hours CLE*, and cocktail reception.

Jim 'N Nick's Community Barb-B-Q
7791 Gateway Lane NW
Concord, NC 28027

*1 hour ethics, 1 hour general credit. Pending approval from the NC state Bar.
Program Details
Estates and Title Opinions - Death is inevitable. A look at how title passes through the estate of a decedent, the three questions a title examiner should ask as they review an estate file in the Clerk's office, and some common issues we face in dealing with estates in the back title. 
Ethically Closing Real Estate Transactions - A review and discussion of new and common issues which arise in commercial and residential closings, including: dealing with conflicts in real estate practice - representation of both buyer and seller; safeguarding client files and funds; liability for title work and disclosure of material facts. New ethics opinions will be examined and tips provided to stay in compliance.

Lawyers Mutual Consulting & Services presents the 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.