As a consumer, I strongly believe that first impressions matter. If I am forced to interact with a pushy sales person when walking into a store, I rarely return. If a grocery store is unclean, I will walk out and shop elsewhere. Do they matter to you? How many of us judge the quality of […]
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Recently we decided it was time to update our law firm’s branding. I say “we” because these days my firm is more than just me. We are over four-years old now, and it’s me, my paralegal/assistant, and my Of Counsel, who is my soon-to-be partner. Shannon has proven to be an extraordinarily valuable asset to […]
I love this post. It just speaks to me because it is the story of someone who didn’t know they weren’t supposed to be able to succeed because they didn’t do it the ‘right’ way, the ‘conventional’ way. It’s a story of determination and going so far past the ‘extra mile’ it’s awe-inspiring. It is […]
This month, my rezooming friends, I have chosen to write a piece of a different color. Gold to be exact. I was skimming my Facebook page when I ran across this post by a friend. She is not an attorney, rezooming or otherwise, however her post hit me as the perfect topic for this month’s […]
When the client came in with a case involving an out-of-state accident, attorney Martin Connelly knew he had to be careful. He knew it was dangerous to assume that the statute of limitation in another jurisdiction was the same as that in his own state. He knew there could be quirks and pitfalls. On the […]
Many lawyers have become slaves to tradition. The so-called time-honored words and phrases revered by lawyers are not only unnecessary; they tend to confuse rather than clarify. In this piece, I will zero in on the argot–the legalese–used by lawyers in drafting wills and trusts and related documents. I do this because estate planning and […]
Jared receives countless questions from new solo lawyers and solos who have been in practice for decades but need advice on law practice management. We like to ask Jared what’s on lawyers’ minds as we have several times before. If you are a new lawyer in Massachusetts or a paying member of the Massachusetts bar, […]
Many law students and repeat bar takers dread studying for the bar exam. This is understandable, right? I mean, honestly, the months I spent studying for the bar were not my favorite. Furthermore, we are told by our law schools, bar review providers, and any lawyer who will talk to us that bar prep is […]
Lawyers in solo practice often find themselves wearing too many hats, between answering phones, managing their staff, handling marketing, tackling IT issues…in short, solo lawyers are so busy trying to do EVERYTHING they don’t have enough time to be lawyers. There is a simple solution to this problem..getting help by hiring virtual assistants. The Virtual […]
A few months ago I posted something on Reddit, referring to how I had opened my own practice right out of school, 31 years ago. One guy went off on me, essentially saying I was a clueless old fool who had no idea what things are like today. We then had a brief […]