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February 2018 Archives

Inadvertent Disclosure of Confidential Information: File Sharing and Privilege Waiver

Cloud computing services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box, Inc. offer unprecedented convenience. File sharing has changed the way we do business, allowing us to share documents across our own devices or even with others. But how can sharing files affect a company's legal position in a lawsuit? Does file sharing waive the attorney-client privilege? What about attorney work product protection? This blog examines the potential effects of inadvertent disclosure of confidential information.

How to Handle Anonymous Complaints: Pay Attention Now or Pay Your Attorney Later

Should your company pay any attention to anonymous complaints? I have heard several people say that anonymous complaints are not worth the paper they are written on. The last time I heard such comments came during a presentation I gave on employee handbooks. I was outlining the elements of a good handbook policy on sexual harassment. One element I advocated is a channel for employees to anonymously report sexual harassment as well as any other complaints.

DEFINING YOUR BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING GOALS

If you want to know more about business succession planning, you've come to the right place. This blog is the second in a set of six designed to help small business owners understand the importance of the succession planning process. If you missed it, read the first in the series: "Business Succession Planning: The Key to Your Future." This second blog will help you define your succession planning goals and get started in the business succession planning process.

The Potential Effect of an Intermediate Appellate Court on WV Workers' Compensation

A potential legal change that is often brought up in the West Virginia (WV) Legislature is the creation of an intermediate appellate court in the Mountain State. Experienced WV workers' compensation attorneys recognize that such a change could substantially impact workers' compensation claims. This blog considers the potential effect of an intermediate appellate court on WV workers' compensation.

BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING IN WV: THE KEY TO YOUR FUTURE

When you are ready to retire, will your business be ready? Many small business owners look forward to retirement-to unplanned days and more time with loved ones-only to learn that their dreams are hindered by a lack of timely business succession planning.

WV Tobacco Use Discrimination: What Employers Need to Know

Employers in the Mountain State need to know that West Virginia (WV) law prohibits discrimination against employees who use tobacco products while not at work. Commonly known as a "smoker protection law," the WV tobacco use discrimination law places significant restrictions on actions employers may take due to off-duty tobacco use.

Claimant Attorney Fees in WV Workers' Compensation Cases: Who Foots the Bill?

A common question our workers compensation unit receives relates to the payment of workers' compensation claimant attorney fees by claims administrators. With the media reporting daily about excessive attorney fee awards in other areas, concern over this issue is understandable. However, in the context of West Virginia (WV) workers' compensation, the claims administrator rarely has to pay a claimant's attorney fees.

DIY Wills...Do I Really Need a Will Attorney in WV?

With the convenience of the Internet, a lot of West Virginians try to save money or try new things through "do-it-yourself (DIY)" research. You can find DIY car repair, DIY arts and crafts projects, DIY home repairs, and nearly every other topic imaginable. But when it comes to estate planning, it usually best to leave that job to a will attorney in WV.

WV AUTO INSURANCE CANCELLATION LAWS

West Virginia (WV) laws governing the cancellation of automobile insurance policies provide detailed requirements insurers must follow before depriving an insured of coverage. In 2016, WV auto insurance cancellation laws were significantly amended by the legislature. This article covers car insurance cancellation laws in the Mountain State.

Incentivizing Donated Healthcare in WV

The West Virginia (WV) Legislature has encouraged healthcare providers to donate their time and talents to care for indigent patients, including creating special licenses that aid qualified professionals in volunteering at free clinics, as well as providing civil immunity for that free care. See e.g. W. Va. Code § 30-3-10a. Donated healthcare in WV works because it allows licensed professionals to donate their time caring for the poor in a clinical setting.

Need a Specific WV Power of Attorney Form?

When you need someone to handle a financial or legal matter for you, you don't have to give that person full authority or access to your information. Instead, if you live in West Virginia (WV), use a WV power of attorney form that is tailored to the situation. This allows you to get the job done without unnecessarily placing yourself or your assets at risk.
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