As we close in on our 9th birthday in 2018, we are planning changes at Solo Practice University. It’s time to shake the trees, streamline our community, and reconfigure our enrollment options and benefits. Open now so you don’t miss out on time-sensitive opportunities.
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Prospective client Diane has a complex legal issue in Illinois. Her matter will likely generate millions of dollars in revenue. She receives two referrals, one for Grace and one for Alan. Diane decides to search for these lawyers on the ARDC website (this is the disciplinary agency that regulates lawyers in Illinois) to learn more about them. Diane learns from the website that Grace does not have legal malpractice insurance; but Alan does. They have both been active Illinois licensed attorneys for 10 years. Who does she pick? Wait! This is not only not a silly question, but read the answer and the changes now being implemented for those who don’t have malpractice insurance. Illinois is leading significant changes. You’ll be glad you read this.
While recorded over the summer, the sentiment remains the same over any stretch of downtime. It is great to plan soft relaunches of your firm during slow periods. Soft relaunches can include the announcement of a new employee, new website design, rebranding, any number of changes in your firm that give you a new marketing opportunity. So, listen and learn. (Oh, and enjoy Jared’s heavy breathing. He gets excited for these podcasts!!)
For the final column of 2017, highlighting attorneys who rezoomed their career, I thought I would update readers on my journey back into the law. It has been an incredibly enlightening, sometimes frustrating, yet joyful journey. Today, I find myself loving what I do and looking forward to going to work every morning. Doing what I am doing now means more to me than all the ups and downs of the last 6 years. Here’s my story.
While crowdfunding models vary, there are primarily two general approaches. One is an investment model where the contributor invests funds in exchange for some kind of benefit. The other model is the donation approach, where the donor has no expectation of a return or benefit, and this is the model I’m going to discuss.
Let’s start with a potential client who has no ability to cover your fees. Would it be ethically permissible to solicit donations through a crowdfunding source as a way to have your fees paid?
Lawyers using email to communicate with clients is the norm. There is usually an expectation and understanding that these communications are privileged. But, can the privilege be lost? Consider the following scenario. Click to post for answer. Good luck!
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If you were kicking yourself for missing this event last year…the wait is over. Cyber Monday 2016 was such an unqualified success we decided to rinse and repeat!
For 14 days, Monday, November 13th through Cyber Monday, November 27th, when you enroll as an ANNUAL student at Solo Practice University® you will receive 30% off your first year’s tuition…and every year thereafter when it automatically renews.
There is no coupon code needed. Just enroll by 9 pm PST – Monday, November 27, 2017 – and your tuition will be just $557! Crazy, right?
In an ever-expanding pool of Legal Technology Solutions, how do you pick the right technology for your solo/small firm? How do you address the mandatory need for cybersecurity to prevent hacking and protect your clients’ data? How do you protect your livelihood in a catastrophe? Chelsey’s knowledge will leave you a little breathless. Listen to this jam-packed podcast before you download her incredible her free100 page 2017 Legal Technology Buyer’s Guide .