Do You Think Engagement Letters Are Optional?

Engagement letters seem to be one of those documents that most attorneys intellectually appreciate the value of but often underutilize. The letter simply isn’t in consistent use day to day and the excuses run the gamut. I often hear “Repeat clients would be offended,” “They take more time than their worth, particularly with flat fee […]

Is This the Devil You Want In Your Solo Practice?

I get it. There isn’t much in the way of available down time in a typical attorney’s day. There may be hearings, client appointments, unexpected calls, morning mail, never ending email, a Rotary luncheon, attorney meetings, staff questions, and computer problems. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention a need to also get to the […]

When Solo/Small Firms Hire, Always Look for a Good Fit

Legal professional liability insurance underwriters look at the rate of attorney turnover at firms (including solos who hire associates) they are considering underwriting. The reason is that a higher than normal rate of turnover can be a concern. It hints that something might be amiss within the firm. Management, or even the complete lack thereof, […]

Are You Caught in The Comfort Trap?

I suspect it would come as no surprise to learn that many of the files that come our way after a malpractice claim has been reported are somewhat lacking when it comes to thorough documentation. If we had found in the file what should have been there, a number of claims might have been resolved […]