One of the first things people do when starting a practice is rent office space. At least it seems like something that you should be doing. Originally it was all about the image you present and impressing clients with the fancy location with nice furniture. These days more and more firms are doing away with the full-time office location.
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You may be a “Solo by Choice” as Carolyn Elefant describes it in her excellent “why and how to” book on going solo, or you may be a solo by default in this rocky modern legal landscape. Either way, aim to practice “Burger King Law.” I’m referring to Burger King’s 40 year old tag line, “Have it your way.”
It’s Spring, traditionally time for a little Spring Cleaning. Toss out the old, start fresh. For the solo attorney, that often means purging ourselves of bad habits and setting some new goals.
This Spring, I recommend that you stop being toxic to your business. Yeah – you heard me. YOU are toxic to your business. And you need to stop it!
As a risk manager, this question is the one question I’m asked more than any other and I get it. Truth be told, however, the answer to this question isn’t a simple one; but it is manageable and it begins with determining when any given file can be destroyed.
Nowadays, much legal research is done on the internet. Sure, it saves time and can be of great value. The downside: Instead of using legal reasoning, attorneys are, in many instances, and to a lesser or greater extent, relying on the methodology and conclusions reached by others. And their writing….
You may have considered speaking as part of your marketing strategy but were not really sure how to go about it. More likely you are afraid you won’t be an effective speaker. Well, we found THE best experts on this subject who not only know the value of speaking to increase business but can also teach you how to actually present. You will learn to not only speak well and energize your audience, but to speak effectively. Speaking effectively means converting your audience into clients and/or great referral sources.
Jeff Haden, a ghostwriter, speaker and ponderer of really interesting questions, wrote his column this month about 5 Statements Successful People Refused to Except (or Even Think). It was an interesting article which first discussed what not to think then suggested how to think differently. It spoke to the reader’s traditionally negative state of mind, […]
One of the best things about being a solo/small firm lawyer that solo/small firm lawyers always cite is the flexibility. Flexible work schedule, flexible billing options, flexible practice areas. We are practically yogis.
What we never say is that all that flexibility does not mean a reduced workload, easier billing or lowered obligations to learn all those new practice areas. There is a price, and we usually pay it in longer hours working for ourselves than we ever put in working for Big Law.
Encryption is now part of your professional duty to safeguard your clients’ data. Encryption is a very techno-scary word for many lawyers. It’s intimidating, actually. But even if it is, it doesn’t mean you can bury your head in the sand, not if you are going to represent your clients responsibly. Encryption is critical when […]