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 […]
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Currently, my husband and I are ‘the clients’ in a lawsuit stemming from his work. We’re not alone. We are joined by several others even though it is not a class action. It’s related to pensions, municipal estoppel, due process, and a host of other issues. I went to the initial meeting with everyone else. […]
I’ve written about warning signs that a potential new client is a train wreck waiting to happen. If you pay attention to such warnings, then you may find yourself wondering just how to turn someone away without creating offense. That’s just what one of my clients struggled with recently. How NOT to Turn Away a […]
Some of those in the legal profession will see the ability to set up kiosks selling legal services in a venue as ‘pedestrian’ as a supermarket the beginning of the end of law as we know it.
See this woman to the right with the samurai sword over her shoulder? That’s Michone, my favorite character from AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. The other night, while catching up on the Season Finale of “The Walking Dead,” I realized that Michone also embodies the kind of lawyer I want to be. No really! Everything you […]
Let me preface this post with the following: we have an amazing group of students attending Solo Practice University ranging from 3Ls to twenty year veteran professionals. It is also not our practice to share conversations outside our walls. However, within one of our favorite groups, The Student Lounge, I posed the following question: “If […]
Last Fall I posted a piece entitled “Where’s the Beef” that discussed the value of peer review as a quality control process within the law firm setting. In this month’s post I would like to carry that discussion a bit further. Unfortunately, seasoned partners, if they are open to running with peer review at all, […]
Here we go, again, talking about that taboo subject: Being a lawyer and admitting you need help. You don’t have to necessarily be depressed or even anxious. But sometimes you just need an objective set of ears to listen and guide, help you sort through stumbling blocks, identify patterns of behavior or just validate your […]
On March 16th my favorite program, The Good Wife, ran an episode addressing how Alicia Florrick opted back in to the practice of law. Whether you are a man or a woman, opting back in has its own set of obstacles. Alicia’s character in this episode provided great information for the rezoomer. I decided to […]
There is a systemic change in the American legal system that has been evolving for over 40 years. The high cost of overhead for attorneys has forced them to price their services beyond the reach of 80-85% of the people needing legal help. This has caused a crisis in access to justice.