Publications

Articles From Karen Erger

Five Secrets Not to Keep from Your Insurer

By Karen Erger
April
2008
Column
Page 216
Don't risk losing valuable coverage by being less than forthcoming with your insurer.

Get it One Piece at a Time

By Karen Erger
February
2008
Column
Page 100
If you take away one small skill from the workplace every day, you can build a useful, satisfying career.

Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More

By Karen Erger
December
2007
Column
Page 660
Ten time wasters that can cause your time “inventory” to shrink.

E-mail Ethics: An Audience with the Wizard

By Karen Erger
October
2007
Column
Page 552
Find out what to do if you misdirect an e-mail or reveal embarrassing metadata.

Are You a Client-Savvy Counselor?

By Karen Erger
August
2007
Column
Page 440
Sometimes the best client is the one you turn away.

Taking (Back) Your Vacation

By Karen Erger
June
2007
Column
Page 322
When was the last time you left the BlackBerry at home and took a real vacation?

Heed the Warning of the “Bad Feeling”

By Karen Erger
April
2007
Column
Page 212
Watch for warning signs that presage problem clients.

A Little Dabbling’ll Do Ya In

By Karen Erger
February
2007
Column
Page 106
Ignorance of the law is no excuse, especially for lawyers.

Billing Gallantly

By Karen Erger
December
2006
Column
Page 684

Preparing for a Rainy Day

By Karen Erger
October
2006
Column
Page 562
Tips for creating your firm's emergency plan.

Busting Professional Liability Insurance Myths

By Karen Erger
August
2006
Column
Page 442
Dealing with an uninsured malpractice claim is no stroll down the midway.

The Safer Sharer

By Karen Erger
June
2006
Column
Page 322
Office sharers must keep their practices separate and their confidences secret.

Mono-Mania: The Case Against “Multitasking”

By Karen Erger
April
2006
Column
Page 206
Doing too many things at once makes Jack or Jill a dimwitted lawyer.

Expectations in an Envelope

By Karen Erger
February
2006
Column
Page 96
So why do lawyers use those self-serving engagement letters? Oh, the many reasons.

Are You a “Rules Lawyer”?

By Karen Erger
December
2005
Column
Page 650
You'd better be. Test your knowledge of the Rules of Professional Conduct and stay on the ARDC's good side.

Teach Your Newbies Well

By Karen Erger
October
2005
Column
Page 542
You teach by example – is your example worth emulating?

More than the Blues

By Karen Erger
August
2005
Column
Page 422
Know a lawyer who suffers from depression? Here's how to help.  

An E-Minder

By Karen Erger
June
2005
Column
Page 316
Would you want to read that e-mail in the newspaper? Think before you send.

Pure Heart, Commingled Funds

By Karen Erger
April
2005
Column
Page 210
Your funds and your clients' don't mix. Ever.

Avoiding the Cliff-Hanger Ending

By Karen Erger
February
2005
Column
Page 96
Beware: dissolving law firm can end up sans malpractice coverage.

Ring in the New Year with Better Client Relationships

By Karen Erger
December
2004
Column
Page 650
Ten reminders for 2005.

Procrastination: Raising the Stakes

By Karen Erger
October
2004
Column
Page 544
Ten tips to tame your inner procrastinator.

The Client That Got Away

By Karen Erger
August
2004
Column
Page 433
The statute of limitations is about to toll and your client is nowhere to be found. What to do? A new ISBA advisory opinion offers guidance.

The Alligator in the Toilet: 10 Loss-Prevention Myths Debunked

By Karen Erger
June
2004
Column
Page 319
You've heard about the albino alligators in the sewers of New York, right? And the Nigerian get-rich-quick scheme? And the lawyer who was too good to get sued?

Look Before You Leap: The Dangers of Directorship

By Karen Erger
April
2004
Column
Page 217
Many lawyers who are asked to serve on clients' boards of directors jump at the chance. But there's a dark side to this flattering proposal.

Increasing Your Civility Quotient

By Karen Erger
February
2004
Column
Page 103
Civility isn't just a nice thing; it is a hallmark of professionalism and a key component of malpractice prevention.

Practicin’ to the Oldies: 10 Ways to Avoid Malpractice

By Karen Erger
December
2003
Column
Page 635
These 10 malpractice-prevention golden oldies are just as true today as when we first heard 'em.

Learning to Think Like An Ethical Lawyer

By Karen Erger
October
2003
Column
Page 527
That's right, young lawyer; while you might feel you know little compared to your more senior colleagues, you're fully responsible for properly applying ethical rules.

Avoiding a Coverage Hangover

By Karen Erger
August
2003
Column
Page 415
Shopping for new malpractice insurance? Make sure you don't create a gap in your coverage if and when you switch insurers.

Client Communications 101: Learning to Listen

By Karen Erger
June
2003
Column
Page 313
Not listening to your clients leads to dissatisfaction and, too often, to claims.

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