Faculty Announcement – Justin Key

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, […]

10 Ways to Avoid the Legal Fees Lawsuit Counterclaim

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….

How to Create Teams for Legal Matters as a Solo – Guest Lecture with Ryan McKeen

Ryan McKeen of the McKeen Law Firm is back with us again. This time he shares how he can take on larger matters by creating legal teams for cases on an ‘as needed’ basis.

This is a must-listen to guest lecture because there is a ‘no man’s land’ between being an office of one – you – and growing into having full time staff and permanently increased overhead. Ryan shares smart and highly effective ways to grow and be profitable during the journey through ‘no man’s land’. Listen and learn.

Why More Women Go Solo

Have you noticed that women lawyers seem to be going solo at a faster rate than their male counterparts? We may start off as associates at Big Law, but we don’t tend to stay there. In fact, less than seventeen percent of female associates ever become equity partners in their firms. Only about four percent make it to the level of managing shareholder. Think you know why that is? Read on….

Would You Like a Complimentary Law Practice Management Consultation?

Our students have asked for it. Now we have it. Confidentially talking one-on-one to an expert in Law Practice Management may just be the difference between your success and your failure as a solo/small firm practitioner. The ability to confidentially discuss a challenge relating to your solo or small firm practice with an expert advisor can save you hours of frustration.

Refrigerator of Horrors

This post might be a story about preserving client property.  It could be about spoliation of evidence or the importance of communicating with staff.  Or, it might not have any lesson at all and I’m sharing just because it is my favorite claims story. An office refrigerator-freezer can be a scary place.  Moldy leftovers, stolen […]

Are You Working With The New Consumer-Facing Legal Startups?

2015 is shaping up to be THE year of the legal startup.  Angelist.com is flush with more than 720  startups and almost 1,100 investors. In 2013 a stunning $458 million was invested into legal startups, a breathtaking leap from a mere $66 million invested in 2012. But while investment dollars declined in 2014, the startups are proliferating […]

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