During the Extension Period, lawyers deferring payment will continue to be covered under the 2020 PLF Primary Coverage Plan. If the PLF receives payment on or before June 10, 2020, we will also waive all late fees incurred during the Extension Period and allow the lawyer to continue participation in the installment plan under PLF Policy 3.300. This policy change does not impact the next installment payment, which is due on July 10, 2020.
As a reminder, because the OSB Bar Center has moved its operations offsite, we cannot accept payment in person. Click here to pay your assessment online, or send your check to PO Box 231600, Tigard, OR 97281-1600 Attn: Accounting Department.
We hope this 60 day extension and waiver of late fees assist our lawyers to navigate the financial challenges presented by this COVID-19 pandemic. Please let me know if you have any questions. Please stay safe and healthy.
Contract lawyers can play an essential role in managing workflow. Here are five quick tips from Law Practice Today on using freelancers effectively:
Get client consent.
Decide whether the contract lawyer will have client contact (if so, this affects the contract lawyer’s liability coverage status in Oregon).
Supervise! Overseeing the work of a contract lawyer is your ethical duty. Outsourcing lawyers should also be sensitive to the impression the contract lawyer makes on the client, particularly if they engage in client communication.
Beware of potential unauthorized practice of law. Ensure the contract lawyer is licensed to deliver services in the state of the client’s legal issue.
Don’t hesitate to bill for the contract lawyer’s services at prevailing market rates. I would add: include this cost (or fee) in your client engagement letter.
If you are considering hiring a contract lawyer (or want to offer your services on a contract basis), check out the following resources from the Professional Liability Fund:
Contract Lawyers Checklist
Contract Project – Letter of Understanding
Contract Project Intake Sheet
Independent Contractors or Employees
Letter Declining Contract Project
From the PLF home page, select Practice Management > Forms > Contract Lawyering. A number of CLEs are also available under the CLE > Past CLE heading:
Contract Lawyers CLE: Conflicts
Contract Attorneys: Managing Expectations and Getting Paid
Practical Contract Lawyering
To learn about Oregon malpractice coverage for contract lawyers and qualifying for a “supervised attorney” exemption, contact the PLF at 503.639.6911 or 800.452.1639 and ask for Jeff Crawford or Emilee Preble.
How does your professional liability coverage work? Who is covered? What is covered? Under what circumstances are claims excluded from coverage? What happens if you report a claim? What is a special underwriting assessment?