Are you a perfectionist? A lot of lawyers struggle with some form of perfectionism. It is often an aspect of our personalities that can make us effective lawyers (great attention to detail) and able to get things done without making mistakes. Although perfectionism may be good for practice, it may be bad for bar exam […]
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If the message is important, it’s worth sending a certified letter or getting a signed acknowledgment. It can be costly if you are unable to confirm that the information has been received. Attorney Joseph Shaffer learned this lesson when he represented Mark and Cynthia Peck in a medical malpractice claim related to the birth of […]
I recently had breakfast with my friend, Toni. Toni is more than a friend, actually: she is one of my very best friends, my client, my co-conspirator, a trusted business advisor, and co-author of a book we’re working on (that’s a whole other column). We meet for breakfast about once a week to check in with […]
“I send out this simple, straight-forward email, then I get all this negative reaction. I don’t get it.” ~ A frustrated and bewildered lawyer Misconstrued Emails Lawyers that I coach report this to me a lot. Emails are informal and easy to send quickly, so we often zip them off without rereading them to see […]
A friend of mine, Jay Foonberg, is writing the sixth edition of his book on helping solos. He asked if I would reach out and ask you directly if you would be so kind as to answer one question: If there was just one course you wish you had taken prior to law school that […]
(This is a three part series. Read: ‘A Profession If You Can Keep It: Part I – Setting the Stage’ and Part II – The End of Lawyers (Or Something) How Information Technology and Fading Borders Are Reshaping the Law Marketplace and What We Should Do About It Part III — What Should We Do? […]
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 […]
(This is a three part series. Read: ‘A Profession If You Can Keep It: Part I – Setting the Stage’) How Information Technology and Fading Borders Are Reshaping the Law Marketplace and What We Should Do About It According to Professor Stephen Gillers of NYU School of Law, “[d]evelopments“ external to law practice and the […]
Donna Chesteen will teach a course called eDiscovery for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers. Donna Chesteen, a founding member of The Tech Law Firm, PLLC, is a licensed attorney in both Florida and Mississippi. She has more than two decades of software engineering experience and was a technical leader at Symantec prior to becoming an […]
Oftentimes, rezooming attorneys may want to start out as an associate with a solo or small firm practice because they feel their skills are rusty. This means you will have to sit down and be asked questions. (These questions are great for the solo practitioner interviewing perspective hires, too!). This inevitably leads to that pesky […]