May 23, 2008
Private Tickler System
The Iowa Supreme Court suspended the license of an attorney with no possibility of reinstatement for one year. The attorney had a record of prior discipline that included a conflict of interest violation based on representing both parties in a marriage dissolution and unauthorized communication with a represented party. Here, the court found that the attorney had handled an appeal in a "deplorable" manner and had "used the clerk's office as [the attorney's] private tickler system." The attorney also had taken a probate fee prematurely and made a misrepresentation to a client in a bankruptcy matter.
The court considered the attorney's depression and attention deficit disorder as mitigation. The attorney must take and pass the MPRE as a condition of reinstatement. (Mike Frisch)
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My firm started using a web based tickler system around two months ago in response to poor deadline management. We have a high colume litigation intensive environment. The program can be purchased at www.deadlineoverseer.com with prices starting at $9.99 per month.
The program stores data in an easy to retireive format, maintains a hotlist which shows all upcoming deadlines for the next ten days, and sends email reminders to everyone assigned to a specific case alerting of deadlines approaching at 10 days, 5 days, and on the day of the deadline. I also noticed the other day that deadlines can be exported to outlook, I haven't played with that function yet, so I can't comment on the quality.
My opinion, if you want to avoid malpractice claims stemming from missed deadlines, or if you just want to tighten up how you run your cases, take a look at the website and try the free thirty day trial. I know it has really helped us stay on top of our cases.
Posted by: Nathan Ellis | Oct 13, 2008 10:43:08 AM
Hey, the law firm I work at just started using that software too. I am still using the free 30 day trial, but it is priced so low I am gonna sell my boss on it for sure. THe web address you have is different though, I go to www.overseerlawofficesoftware.com.
Any way, I agree, the programs legal tickler and calendaring functions are great for the low cost. I recommend it 100%!
Posted by: Justine | Feb 12, 2009 7:18:59 PM