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.
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I can’t tell you how often I am asked, ‘How do I set my fees?’ Setting fees for your legal services is a two-fold proposition. It isn’t just learning what the going rate for legal services is and positioning yourself within a reasonable range based upon your experience. It isn’t just about pricing based upon […]
Our sponsor Clio (who has been with us since we opened our doors five years ago) believes in going big or going home. Last week they received an $18 million series C round of funding to keep improving Clio and to fuel their overseas expansion. And they are sharing the wealth with all of you […]
Mistakes piled up one after another as soon as Donna Shelton walked through the door. In 2011, Shelton had signed a promissory note for a $40,000 loan. She stopped making payments after one year and was promptly sued by the lender. She came to attorney Marshall Austin’s office in 2012 with a copy of the […]
Stacey M. Washington is a Michigan attorney focused on DUI and criminal defense. She will be teaching a course called Advanced DUI Defense at Solo Practice University®.View Syllabus Stacey previously completed teaching the course, “DUI Defense” and the new course will cover more advanced topics. Stacey has been practicing law in Michigan state and federal […]
Recently I have been getting a number of emails from folks on how they should go about preparing for the bar exam after taking a break. I feel that this is becoming more and more common as, due to financial concerns, many bar studiers forgo taking the next bar exam and instead seek gainful employment […]
It used to be that smartphones were novelties among lawyers. Not so much anymore. You likely can find a whole lot more smartphones than Mont Blanc pens in legal pockets these days. But can it be said with confidence that lawyers really understand their options and risks when it comes to the handy devices? This […]
I have a confession. When Nora Bergman and Liz Lamar first came on board as faculty teaching an in-depth Lean Six Sigma for Solos course at Solo Practice University, I thought I already knew what Lean Six Sigma was. I was so very wrong. The name is a little off-putting but since all major successful […]
When a business turns five years old, it’s like turning 35 in dog years! It’s also cause for celebration. We all know the dismal failure rate of new businesses. I knew them, too, before I officially activated the Solo Practice University® site five years ago today. I was so anxious I could barely breathe. But […]
It’s easy to find advice about spotting and avoiding bad clients – the ones who know everything, have wildly unreasonable expectations, and have fired three other lawyers before arriving in your office. Should you also beware of very good clients? Is it possible for a client to be “too good”? Yes and yes. North Carolina […]