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Affordable 401 (k) Plans Exclusive to the Legal Community

Does your retirement plan look like all the others? Does it offer no out-of-pocket expenses, professional fiduciary services, a broad range of investment options, and full-service administration? The ABA Retirement Funds Program ("the Program") has been providing affordable 401(k) plans exclusively to the legal community for more than 50 years. The Program's bundled approach allows your firm to keep its focus on the success of the practice. We provide trustee, record keeping, tax reporting, compliance testing, investment management, and participant communication services –all from a single source –at no additional cost to law firms of all sizes, even solo practitioners. Maybe it's time to find out what many law firms like yours already know. It's good to be different. Call us at 866 812 3580 for a free consultation or visit www.abaretirement.com for more information.

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Fastcase - New Content Just for D.C. Bar Members!

On top of upgrading the free Fastcase benefit to Nationwide from the DC-only library, the Bar and Fastcase have collaborated to integrate practical legal content within Fastcase to provide a more productive experience during your legal work. This new content is a Fastcase feature available only to D.C. Bar members. Learn more about the new content here.

To access Fastcase, Active and Judicial members can use their dcbar.org username and password to LOG IN HERE; for login inquiries, please send a message to memberbenefits@dcbar.org. Inactive members can call the D.C. Bar Member Service Center at 202-626-3475 to initiate upgrading their member status.

For Fastcase-specific questions, please send a message to support@fastcase.com or call 866-773-2782.

Fastcase is a D.C.-based company that combines industry-leading legal research technology with remarkable customer service. The team at Fastcase is always working to add new features that make legal research simple, intuitive, and rapid; learn more about Fastcase's comprehensive legal database and innovative tools by clicking here. You can even sync your work between your desktop and the Fastcase app on your smart device by using their Mobile Sync feature!

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Congratulations New Members! 

Proudly protect and display your District of Columbia Bar Certificate. Framing Success offers fine museum-quality, double matting featuring the official D.C. Bar seal in either gold-embossing or medallion style. Premium hardwood moulding is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) from well-managed forests. And through their partnership with Trees For The Future, a tree is planted for every frame purchased. Special member pricing can be found at Framing Success, where you may also shop for matching frames from thousands of universities and professional organizations. 

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Target Insurance Services: Find the Plan That Works for You

Target Insurances Services helping you find the plan that best fits members' needs Individual Disability Income Insurance - 10% Discount Target Insurance Services, Inc. and Principal Financial Group are offering a special 10% discount to D.C. Bar members from their already competitive rates. In addition to the Principal program, Target represents multiple highly rated insurance companies and can help members find the plan that best fits their financial needs. Plans cover "your own occupation" and are guaranteed renewable and non-cancellable. 

Even if you have group disability insurance through an employer, Target Insurance Services can help you find a program to fill any gaps in the group plan should you become disabled. 

Contact Sheila Ost, D.C. Bar Member Representative at Target Insurance Services, for a complimentary evaluation of your disability income insurance needs. Shelia can also help with individual term life, tax strategies and estate planning. 

Sheila Ost
913-951-3462 (Direct Line)
sheilao@targetins.com 

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Insurance Coverage and Cyber Crime Cyber Crimes 

Yes, They Do Happen to Small Firms 

Lawyers and law firms take notice: cyber criminals might specifically be targeting you because they want your data or the money in your trust account. 

Law firms, even small ones, are appealing targets to cyber criminals for three reasons: 

  • Law firms have large amounts of sensitive and confidential information that could prove to be extremely valuable. 
  • Law firms often have large sums of money in their bank accounts. 
  • Law firms tend to have weaker security protection in place on their networks and systems. 

Because information on cybercrime tools and techniques is readily available online, even non-technical people sometimes pursue malicious cyber activities. They will use every tool at their disposal to attack law firms, including: 

  • Sending spam and phishing messages 
  • Installing malware to create a back door into a firm's computers 
  • Searching for weaknesses in security configurations so that they can exploit them 
  • Attacking an attorney's home computer as a way of hacking into his office system 

Cyber crime is real, and a very present danger for law firms, and all firms to work to understand the risks they are exposing themselves to so that they can reduce the likelihood of a data breach. 

Insurance Coverage and Cyber Crime 

Many law firms believe that cyber liability risks are already covered by legal professional liability (LPL) insurance, but while LPL affords some coverage for cyber liability risks, the costs of immediate notification of all parties potentially affected by the data breach, providing credit monitoring to affected parties, investigating the incident, and managing the firm's reputation throughout the event are generally not covered. 

Cyber liability coverage from USI Affinity provides affordable protection for law firms that goes far beyond traditional LPL coverage to address every aspect of a data breach, including: 

  • Forensic and legal assistance and expense coverage 
  • Coverage for response costs
  • Regulatory defense and penalties coverage 
  • Identify theft-related fraud resolution services 

For over 50 years, the divisions of USI Affinity have developed, marketed and administered insurance and financial programs that offer affinity clients and their members unique advantages in coverage, price and service. As the endorsed broker of more than 30 state and local bar associations and with more than 50,000 attorneys insured, USI Affinity has the experience and know-how to navigate the marketplace and design the most comprehensive and innovative insurance and benefits packages to fit a firm's individual needs. 

For more information about insurance and benefits options from USI Affinity, visit www.usiaffinity.com, or contact Mike Mooney at 610.537.1441 or Mike.Mooney@usi.com

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This Month's New Jobs Through the D.C. Bar Career Center

Your next career move could be a click away - search the D.C. Bar Career Center here