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Practicing law is also a business. Lawyers must oversee aspects such as accounting, office management, and marketing. The Bar Plan is pleased to host speakers and events that offer business tips from some of the best in the legal industry in order to help lawyers build a better practice.

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These programs qualify for 1.2 hours Standard CLE credit in Missouri & Kansas, and 1.0 CLE in Tennessee.

February 5 - Cyber Liability Coverage Basics

Melvin Osswald,  Vice President of Program Underwriting of Tokio Marine HCC’s Cyber and Professional Lines Group

If your practice relies on internet access, email communication, collects customer information, or stores employee data, your business is at risk. Whether your systems become compromised due to malware or personal data is accidentally exposed, you may suffer losses that can be covered by cyber insurance.

Join Melvin Osswald, Vice President of Program Underwriting of Tokio Marine HCC’s Cyber and Professional Lines Group, as she reviews cyber coverages and services available to law firms. Webinar participants will:

    • Understand the current state of the cyber market.
    • Re-think the cost impact of being attacked and examine real-world claim scenarios.

April 1 - Succession Planning: Transition Ownership Of Your Firm

Larry Guess, Director of Exit Strategy Advisors, Plancorp, LLC

One of the biggest mistake successful business owners make in their planning process is not “keeping the end in mind”.  One-third of companies that don’t have a succession plan end up shutting off the lights and liquidating.  And of those business owners that do sell, three-fourths of owners reported they profoundly regretted the sale – a big part of that is a lack of planning.  In this presentation, Larry Guess shares key components of successful succession planning. Focusing on these components, will enable you to be better positioned for a successful outcome.

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August 5 - Work/Life Balance for Lawyers: How to Achieve it and Why it Matters to your Practice

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE: This was originally scheduled for July 1, but it has been changed to the same time on August 5.

Amy Friederich, Esq, Recruiting Manager Robert Half, Certified Yoga Instructor, Adjunct Business Law Instructor  

An examination of the phrase “work/life balance” as it pertains to lawyers.  What does it mean and is it even possible? In this webinar, we will discuss why it’s important and how a healthy balance of life and work can actually improve lawyering skills and contribute to a more successful practice.  We will also go over the different ways in which to achieve it, including several examples of self-care.

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September 2 - Attorneys need to retire too!

Eric Wood, Wood Financial Partners 

Attorneys need to retire too!  A review of the different types of employer sponsored retirement plans, where they fit, the advantages and pitfalls of each.

We will cover:

  • Retirement Plans
  • Your Biggest Asset – Protecting your ability to make money
  • Protection of Family, Partners
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October 7 - Business Insurance: The Details of Other Insurance You May Need for Your Firm

Wes Mellow, Senior Vice President, The Daniel & Henry Company

Besides malpractice insurance, there are other types of insurance that a law firm may need to protect their businesses. Join Wes to ask questions and learn more about the business office package, workers’ compensation, commercial auto and other types of coverages.

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December 2 - Solo and Small Firm Marketing

Gary Pierson, Attorney, Pierson Wells

Having been a partner in Big Law for many years, Gary made the transition to a solo practitioner and continues to thrive. Learn what marketing and business development techniques that worked in both environments and how he continues to grow his small firm through both recruiting, referrals and business development efforts


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