A Primer on Business and Trust Accounting for Solo/Small Firms

If you’re a lawyer and clients give you money you must have a system in place for maintaining and properly recording all transactions related to the funds now in your possession. There are absolutely no excuses for not having a system in place. It is required. Here is a primer to help you either get started or make sure the way you are currently managing your clients’ monies entrusted to you are handled ethically.

Faculty Announcement: Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton

Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton will teach “Mediation in the 21st Century” at Solo Practice University®. Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State Courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court based mediation programs in NYC (Queens-Community Mediation Service) Westchester and Rockland (Cluster of Westchester […]

When Your Great Reputation As A Lawyer Just Isn’t Enough

A few years back when Hurricane Irene hit we had two 80 foot trees uproot and come crashing down completely destroying our deck. While our home had just superficial damage the loss of the deck remained a very significant financial repair. We immediately called our neighbor because the previous year we had watched their builder construct a beautiful deck. He had a great reputation. But what happens when a great reputation isn’t followed up with great customer service?

‘Amaze’-ing Facts You Didn’t Know That Drive Traffic to Legal Websites

The number of people going to the web first before asking for a recommendation from someone they trust is increasing. Once they are online searching they continue to do their research before they decide who to call. Your website may not be doing you any favors if it’s not been optimized to work properly by 2015 standards. Find out how you can improve your website before it ceases to function for you in any meaningful way.

11 Reality Checks for Lawyers Seeking a New Career Path

When you spend enough time around lawyers, you learn that lawyers love to complain. Maybe that’s why a lawsuit is called a Complaint.

What complaint do we hear most often among unhappy lawyers who want a career change? Compensation is almost never the biggest issue. Or even working long hours. Find out what the biggest complaint actually is.

What If Your Paralegal Lived Inside Your Computer?

In a perfect world having your paralegal live inside your computer would be ideal. You wouldn’t worry whether you were doing your work at your office desktop, laptop in the courthouse, or smartphone connected to wifi while jetting around the globe because you’d have access to these very important skills needed to run your office at your fingertips. You wouldn’t have to worry about the time of day, whether or not your paralegal is on vacation, out to lunch or home sick. He’d be right with you living in your computer.

Well, the world just got a little more perfect

Grabbing the Brass Ring in Solo Practice – Guest Lecture with Scott O’Sullivan

Becoming a solo and building a solo/small firm practice is a different journey for everyone. However, Scott O’Sullivan, a personal injury lawyer in Colorado and also faculty at Solo Practice University, has graciously shared how he has grown his practice from a one man shop in a shared space to a 10 person firm and owning his own office building in eight years. It’s not a story of magic pills and luck. It’s a story of hard work, learning from mistakes, creativity, patience, persistence, and being fiscally responsible. It’s a podcast you don’t want to miss. Listen and learn.

The Additional Worry Solos Have And How To Get It Under Control

I have to admit it. I’m a worrier. I worry about my family, my mother, my husband and son. I worry about the economy and people and animals, the future of our country, the food supply. I worry about income and retirement and health. I worry. I worry about many things, some within my control and some not. But when you open a solo practice you take on a whole other set of worries. We discuss the number one biggest worry and how to handle it.