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Resources Available at the State Bar of Arizona for Opening Your Own Firm. Tracy L. Ward Practice Management Advisor State Bar of Arizona Law Office Management Assistance Program Phoenix School of Law - April 30, 2013. Membership Services. Membership Services – 602.340.7239

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resources available at the state bar of arizona for opening your own firm

Resources Available at the State Bar of Arizona for Opening Your Own Firm

Tracy L. Ward

Practice Management Advisor

State Bar of Arizona

Law Office Management Assistance Program

Phoenix School of Law - April 30, 2013

membership services
Membership Services
  • Membership Services – 602.340.7239

Membership Services provides critical dates after you are admitted, such as Membership Dues deadlines, Annual Convention, MCLE information, how to get your AZBar account, address updates and how to sign up for the Professionalism Course. Website: http://www.azbar.org/membership/informationfornewmembers

New Member’s Orientation is available to new members of the State Bar of Arizona. This orientation includes an overview of the State Bar’s programs and services, how to find answers to your questions on ethics, an explanation of the lawyer regulation system and MCLE requirements, and an introduction to professionalism. Contact Pat Giallanza at 602.340.7226 or patricia.giallanza@staff.azbar.org for more information about the orientation.

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Membership Services

Electronic Services - AzbarMail - The State Bar offers you a free email box on its secure servers with your own azbar.org email address. You may also choose to have an azbar.org email forwarding address. Login: https://webmail.azbar.org/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fdefault.aspx

eLegal - The Bar's electronic newsletter is delivered via email every other week to members. Court decisions, ethics opinion, legal headlines and more are included in this quick-read format. Call 602.340.7293.

Arizona Attorney Career Center - Arizona's best one-stop source for finding a new job or your next employee. Post your resumé or sign up for an email service that alerts you when a job matching your criteria is posted. Employers can search resumes and advertise their attorney and support positions. Website: http://careers.azbar.org/

Certified Legal Specialist - Touting your experience helps you stand out to potential clients. Call 602.340.7326.

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Membership Services

Sections - Work with other attorneys who share your interest in substantive and specialized areas of practice. Call 602.340.7215,

Website: http://www.azbar.org/sectionsandcommittees/sections

Committees - The State Bar of Arizona has standing and ad hoc committees to advise and serve the State Bar by overseeing programs, addressing current issues, and making recommendations about legal services and the administration of justice.  Call 602.340.7387, Website: http://www.azbar.org/sectionsandcommittees/committees

Mentors -This program connects Arizona's experienced attorneys with less seasoned attorneys and law students. Call 602.340.7314,

Website: http://www.azbar.org/sectionsandcommittees/committees/mentorcommittee

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Membership Services

Young Lawyers Division - The YLD is a dynamic community and professional service organization of the State Bar of Arizona, specifically created for new lawyers who are under 37 years of age, or have been in practice for five years or less.

Call 602.340.7312, Website: http://www.azbar.org/professionaldevelopment/younglawyersdivision

Member Discounts - A variety of discounts available for legal research, car rentals, delivery services, hotels, insurance (health, auto and professional liability), office supplies and software are available.

Website: http://www.azbar.org/membership/memberdiscounts

hotlines
Hotlines
  • Ethics Hotline – 602.340.7284

The inquiry must be about an Arizona attorney's own prospective conduct. Inquiries are confidential unless either the inquiring attorney or the lawyer regulation department request disclosure, or pursuant to a court order. The hotline does not address professionalism matters, legal issues, or past conduct; nor does it provide information or advice about anyone other than the inquiring attorney. Advice cannot be given via email and cannot be conveyed through a paralegal or other assistant.

Website: http://www.azbar.org/Ethics

  • Trust Account Hotline – 602.340.7305

The hotline offers confidential assistance to your trust account questions. Questions may include: What is a 3-way reconciliation, what types of software may I use to keep my trust account records, what records do I need to keep and how to open/close a trust account.

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Hotlines
  • Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program-602.340.7280

The Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) is designed to quickly address issues between lawyers and clients. A/CAP allows concerned individuals--lawyers and consumers--to speak with a State Bar lawyer who can help resolve minor issues and quickly refer more serious matters for a full investigation.

Website: http://www.azbar.org/lawyerconcerns/disciplineprocess/acap

  • Fee Arbitration – 602.340.7288

Fee disputes between lawyers and clients can be arbitrated at no cost to the parties. This is a free, voluntary program where an arbitrator is assigned to determine what the reasonable fees should be for the legal services that were performed. Participation is voluntary but if both parties agree to arbitrate the fee dispute, the parties will be bound by the award. Fee Arbitration is only available if there is no litigation pending to resolve the fee dispute. Website: http://www.azbar.org/ethics/feearbitration

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Hotlines
  • Continuing Legal Education Information and Registration – 602.340.7322

The CLE Department creates educational opportunities for you to expand your professional knowledge and improve your technical skills, as well as fulfill the annual MCLE requirement. Website: http://www.azbar.org/CLEandMCLE

  • Unauthorized Practice of Law – 602.340.7292

The State Bar is committed to tracking, preventing, and educating people about the unauthorized practice of law in Arizona. The State Bar has dedicated staff to this function.

Website: http://www.azbar.org/ethics/unauthorizedpracticeoflaw

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Hotlines
  • Member Assistance Program

Confidential line is 602.340.7334 or the Crisis line is 800.681.3057

Everyone occasionally experiences problems. Locating the right assistance is, at times, as challenging as the problem itself. The Member Assistance Program, also called "MAP", provides counselors who quickly and professionally assist you in handling issues affecting your personal or work life. Why allow things to continue unresolved? Help is just a call away. Website: http://www.azbar.org/professionaldevelopment/map

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Law Office Management Assistance Program
  • Law Office Management Assistance Program (“LOMAP”)

LOMAP provides information and advice about practice management, starting and running a law firm as a business, marketing, client relations and communication, technology and more. Bar members can take advantage of our free 30-minute consultation (by phone or in our office) on a variety of practice management topics

Forms: (http://www.azbar.org/professionaldevelopment/lomap/forms ) These include general set-up forms, sample fee agreements, active client lists; conflicts checklist, closing files checklists and trust account management/administrative forms.

Packets: (http://www.azbar.org/professionaldevelopment/lomap/packets) LOMAP currently offers a Set-Up packet online. This has resource information for establishing a first-time practice or newly opened practice. A Closing Packet is also available members who are closing their practice. Both packets available online at no charge.

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Law Office Management Assistance Program

Resources: (http://www.azbar.org/professionaldevelopment/lomap/resources) LOMAP has a lending library of practice management books, articles and resources. Many of these books are available for review at the State Bar office in Phoenix. These books may be borrowed on a limited time basis and many are available for purchase at a discount through the LOMAP office. Check out our “Library Thing” for additional information on the books available.

Webinars: (http://www.azbar.org/professionaldevelopment/lomap/webinars) Also available on the LOMAP website are free 30 minute webinars. Topics include: e-Filing with AZTurboCourt, Opening and IOLTA Account, Managing an IOLTA Account, FAQs for Setting up a Law Practice and using LinkedIn.

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Final Resource

Tracy L. Ward

Practice Management Advisor

State Bar of Arizona

4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100

Phoenix, AZ 85016

Direct: 602.340.7219

Fax: 716.9249

Email: Tracy.Ward@staff.azbar.org