Help with Working from Home

Now that you’re working from home, you might have a few questions on your mind. Perhaps you’re thinking about:

Using technology effectively
Managing your time and avoiding procrastination
Getting paid
Working with clients who are under stress
Operating your trust account remotely
Streamlining office systems
Sharing and storing electronic client files

How can you get answers quickly and efficiently?

Watch a CLE webcast.

From now through June 1, 2020 save 25% on all orders placed through my On Demand CLE store. Select the Buy Now button for any CLE, enter the discount code WFH and choose Apply.

Choose from 16 Titles


All programs are current and accredited by the Oregon State Bar.  Visit my online store for details. Every discounted CLE purchase includes: MP4 download (combined audio and video file), M4a download (audio only), written program materials with presentation slides and resources, and answers to polling questions asked during the live CLE.

Still Have Questions?

Ask me! Send your questions through my confidential, private contact form at no charge. I’m happy to help.

Suggestions about Future CLE Topics?

I’d love to have them. Use my confidential, private contact form and send me your requests.

Stay safe!

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Professional Liability Fund Extends April Payment Deadline

The Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund is allowing lawyers up to 60 days beyond the April 10, 2020 quarterly installment deadline to make the April payment without license suspension.

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.

Read more here.

AirCards, Encryption, and Software! Oh My!

If you aren’t a dedicated reader of Sharon Nelson and John Simek’s Oregon State Bar Bulletin columns, you should be.  This month, Sharon and John discuss secure mobile computing.  Among their recommendations:

  • Don’t make a move without anti-virus, anti-spam, and anti-phishing software.  Keep all three up-to-date and perform weekly scans.
  • Use encryption to protect your valuable personal data.  (John and Sharon use biometrics.)
  • Always use a secure (https://) connection for remote access.  A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the best way to transmit sensitive data back to your home office. 
  • As a cloud alternative, consider AirCards.  (Automatically secured and encrypted by your cell carrier).
  • GoToMyPC or LogMeIn work, but leaving your home base computer powered-on may make it vulnerable in unanticipated ways.
  • Public computer usage is a no-no.  Keyloggers can track and record your every keystroke, such as user names, passwords, bank account numbers, or whatever you choose to enter.  They are not secure!

Read the full article here.