LMICK Minute

February 14, 2022

News & Updates

New Rules Impacting Mediation Effective February 1, 2022
The Kentucky Supreme Court has entered Administrative Order 2022-04, which replaces in their entirety the Model Mediation Rules and AP Part XII, Mediation Guidelines for Court of Justice Mediators.

Legal Food Frenzy is Underway!
Every year, the Young Lawyers Division of the Kentucky Bar Association asks our legal community to do its part in working toward a #HungerFreeKentucky. This year's campaign will kick off on February 7th. Register your team now and find more information at kyfoodfrenzy.com!

Western Kentucky Tornado Response
The FEMA Application deadline was on February 11, 2022. For survivors needing assistance with appeals and other disaster related legal assistance, free legal help is available for Kentucky tornado survivors by calling 877-782-4219. Visit our Disaster Response Information page for more information and resources.

January 19, 2022

News & Updates

Western Kentucky Tornado Response

November 29, 2021

To Our Policyholders:

As we enter the season of reflection and gratitude, we want to say THANK YOU for choosing Lawyers Mutual of Kentucky. We are grateful for your continued loyalty and look forward to continuing to serve you in the new year. In this issue, we will introduce you to our newest staff members, discuss the latest developments in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), encourage you to comment on proposed changes to the Supreme Court Rules, and remind you take care of yourself this holiday season.

We also want to extend our gratitude to two former LMICK employees. Jillian Taylor served as LMICK’s CFO from September 4, 2019 to August 13, 2021, but accepted an opportunity with another company this fall. Connie Harper, a long-time employee, was often the first person to greet you when calling or visiting LMICK and is now enjoying retirement. We wish Ms. Harper and Ms. Taylor the best in their next chapters.

June 11, 2021

To Our Policyholders:

What a difference a year makes! Last summer at this time, we were in the throes of a pandemic facing record unemployment, a serious economic downturn, a shuttering of courts and other legal enterprises, an unplanned transition to remote work, virtual learning for our children and overall uncertainty and fear. We were desperate for a fast and effective vaccine and wondering how much longer we could endure. The 2020 Kentucky Bar Association convention had been cancelled and we were planning Lawyers Mutual’s first ever virtual Annual Meeting.

Fast forward a year and we are planning and preparing for another Annual Meeting of members that will also be conducted virtually – hopefully for the last time. This will be your final reminder to please complete your proxy voting electronically via the e-mails you’ve received from Intelliscan, Inc. and plan to join us on June 19, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time for the Annual Meeting.

April 26, 2021

To Our Policyholders:

Summer is around the corner and there are more and more signs of life returning to a new normal. Here at LMICK, we are in the midst of a busy spring and early summer CLE season and preparing for an office move and our annual meeting. We are looking forward to some opportunities to see our insureds and other lawyers across the Commonwealth in person this fall. In the interim, here are a few important reminders and announcements from LMICK . . .

March 31, 2021

To Our Policyholders:

Happy Spring! The Spring season represents a time of rejuvenation, renewal and growth after a long and cold winter. We at LMICK are hoping that each of you are experiencing a revitalization and transformation of sorts this Spring season, both personally and professionally. We are cautiously optimistic that the hardest days of the pandemic are behind us. So, enjoy the warmer weather and looser COVID-19 restrictions, but stay healthy and well.

We have a number of items to bring to your attention, many of which are happening this Spring or early Summer.

March 23, 2021

To Our Policyholders:

2020 is in the rear-view mirror – thank goodness. Whether 2021 is going to be appreciably better and get us back to “normal” remains to be seen. There certainly seems to be the beginnings of movement in the right direction. Your law offices may have been shuttered for much of the past year as we all transitioned to remote work because of the pandemic. Hopefully, you can now resume working from your office, have all your staff back at their posts, and welcome guests and visitors back into your workplace once again. Certainly, it feels like the dawn of a new phase of practice – perhaps a hybrid of in person and remote client meetings, court appearances, depositions, mediations, trials, etc. with more and more in person activities on the horizon.

From a risk management perspective, we at LMICK see this time as an opportunity for a little law practice spring cleaning. We recommend that you take stock of your clients, case load and case management practices and position your practice for some better days ahead. If you’ve been lucky enough to have had a busy, successful and profitable practice since March 2020, your practice management strategies can still benefit from a check-up. Below are a few tips and best practices to help you steer clear of claims in 2021 and beyond.

January 21, 2021

To Our Policyholders:

Happy New Year! The LMICK Board of Directors and staff wish you happiness, peace, success, prosperity, and good health as we embark upon another year. We appreciate having you as an insured and look forward to serving your professional liability insurance needs throughout the year.

With 2020 in the rear-view mirror, we were enjoying the process of brainstorming the many topics that we could raise and discuss in this first LMICK Minute of 2021. However, as we learned of the multiple lawyer suicides that have occurred since late December, it became abundantly clear what the focus of this LMICK Minute must be. First and foremost, we extend our condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those members of the bar that we’ve lost.

We often talk of attorney mental health and wellbeing as a legal malpractice risk factor. We will certainly speak in those terms again, but for the purposes of this communication, we simply want to convey our sorrow for the tragic loss of life, of fellow attorneys, of remarkable talent and of lost potential. Additionally, we want to make sure you are aware of the resources that are available to Kentucky attorneys who are struggling. Finally, we ask you to get trained to identify the behaviors of someone in need, to reach out to your attorney brethren and sistren and offer your care and concern.

December 15, 2020

To Our Policyholders:

2020 – what a ride! While the year is not yet over, it is hard not to start looking ahead to 2021 with hopes for an effective vaccine, the opportunity to see family and friends, and the freedom to resume our professional lives, including fully reopening our offices, going to court and meeting with clients and colleagues. The year has been difficult to be sure, but as a company we know that we have a lot for which to be thankful. That gratitude begins with you - our policyholders.

Here at LMICK, we have spent this past year pivoting, adapting and becoming stronger because of the hard work required in a challenging time. We have gotten creative and stepped outside of our comfort zones, - all with the best interests of our insureds in mind. Beyond that we’ve attempted to serve not only our legal communities, but also the communities across the Commonwealth in which our insureds live.

October 27, 2020

To our Policyholders:

Do you remember back in March of this year thinking that we’d shut down our lives for 2 or 3 weeks and then get back to normal? Yet, here we are 7 months later and we find ourselves grappling with a new normal as the Covid-19 virus continues to sicken our family and friends, disrupt schools, impact law practices and other businesses, and stir anxiety for what the fall and winter will bring. We hope you, your family and your work colleagues are healthy and that you’ve adapted to this new normal, personally and professionally, as much as possible. Here at Lawyers Mutual, we remain committed to serving you and meeting your professional liability insurance needs.

As we push into the final quarter of the year and brace ourselves for what lies ahead, we wanted to raise a few issues with you for your consideration. Specifically, we want to ensure that you are aware of the following: 1) potential tax implications associated with the receipt of a PPP loan and out of state remote work; 2) best practices for those darn virtual meetings and presentations that seem to be here to stay; 3) changes the U.S. Postal Service has implemented around its signature services procedures; and 4) an important tool to better manage your clients’ expectation during a pandemic. Finally, we want to announce a free presentation to LMICK insureds coming in January of 2021 that you won’t want to miss.

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