As a rezooming attorney, interviewing with a prospective firm can be daunting. How can you make a memorable impression? What can you say that will be relevant when asked, “So what have you been doing for the past (2, 5, 10) years?” What you don’t want to do is give a laundry list of things […]
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These days people boast about being busy all the time as if staying busy is an indication of success. What they don’t tell you is what they are doing while they are busy. Working for the sake of appearing productive when you don’t have anything to do is just as much of a waste of time as spending all day having political debates on Google Plus or Facebook. But how do you avoid the distractions, the time sucks, the stress? Read more………
The decision to go out on your own is a personal and important one. Too often, lawyers and recent law grads forget that it should be a strategic one, for the decision to practice for oneself will help define your legal career. Read more….
Lawyers in the U.S. have fallen in love with “Esquire” It is found appended everywhere–on stationery mastheads and signatures, on business cards, professional listings, etc. You name it–it’s there! All well and good! Right? Not so fast! Read more….
You’ve gone out on your own, built a healthy client base, and your practice is thriving. The work is steady, your revenue is increasing, but all of a sudden you’re panicked about something you didn’t think you would worry about: How to handle all of the work. You never want to turn work away because maybe the work will all of a sudden stop coming, right? What to do…. Read More.
Will discovery be handled by an algorithm in the Philippines? Divorce lawyers replaced by a drop down menu on LegalZoom? Will there be an army of associates in Wheeling, West Virginia, that can be deployed with a click from one partner in a bunker in Midtown? Will the law jobs of the future be going to the kid who griefed your cabin in Minecraft last night? Read more…..
Many lawyers remain techno-dinosaurs because they don’t want to invest the time to learn how to use new and more efficient technology. They shortsightedly view an investment in training through the lens of billable hours. They focus on a temporary loss of revenues instead of the future improvements in productivity. Meanwhile they drop farther and farther behind, which only increases their anxiety with regard to technology. Read more…
Justin Key will teach “Probate Practice & Procedure” at Solo Practice University®. He also taught the course, Estate Planning & Practice in the 21st Century. Justin has always focused his practice on helping individuals and families through some of their most difficult times with his skill and experience in estate planning, probate and domestic litigation, […]
Have you ever met people whose lives seem to be awesome? They have the awesome jobs, money and lives we wish we had. If it weren’t for the kids, the move, the downturn in the market or a myriad of other reasons we would be where they are now? Read more.
You finally finish a client matter.
You believe you did good work and got a good result for your client; but as sometimes happens, you find that the client still owes you quite a bit of money, and on top of that, has stopped making any payments.
You certainly deserve to be paid so what are your options?
For a number of attorneys who find themselves in this situation they make a decision to sue for fees based upon a belief that they did good work and got a good outcome. Of course, post fee suit, none of that will matter to the client. If you do decide to sue for fees based upon the reasons set forth above, don’t be surprised if and when a malpractice counterclaim is filed and things start to get ugly. Seems to me the better approach would be to do all you can to avoid the necessity of ever having to consider suing for fees. With this in mind I offer the following thoughts.
It begins at intake and the best advice I can share is this. Read more….