Occasionally a lawyer will ask if there really is a need to use a standardized form during the intake process. As is often the case with such questions, the answer is “it depends.” Client intake forms are important. Find out why.
A year ago, I wrote about my love of running and how it keeps me sane. Well, right after I wrote that, I injured myself pretty badly. I am paying the price for not taking care of myself in ways both personal and professional. This is how I’m choosing to take control of my health today.
Over the years I have worked with a number of lawyers that struggle with perfectionism, and I might even call myself a recovering perfectionist. Some of those perfectionists don’t see perfectionism as a problem, however. To them, their problems are caused by clients with unrealistic expectations about time frames or legal costs. Others lament the necessity of doing everything themselves because their direct reports don’t do a high quality job.
More years ago than I’d like to remember, a cousin sold me my first whole life insurance policy. At the time, he was new to the business and initially made some money selling policies to family–aunts, uncles, cousins–you name it. However, after that initial flurry, he didn’t do well and soon dropped out of the business. Bottom line, he didn’t know how to prospect and market himself. Where will your clients come from?
It should come as no surprise that calendaring errors are behind a significant number of malpractice claims. Ask yourself the following question. If a flood or fire were to occur tonight that results in your office being totally destroyed, would you have a complete calendar available in the morning?
Google’s definition of resum[ing] is “to begin to do or pursue (something) again after a pause or interruption.” However, for we attorneys who are rezooming the practice of law there are so many other things we have to consider.
In Toya Gavin’s new favorite short story book, One More Thing: Stories And Other Stories, B.J Novack tells the story of The Rematch between the tortoise and the hare. It’s a great vignette, and in the retelling of the story, the hare actually wins. What has this got to do with the value of lawyers?
The latest bar exam has finished up around the country, and now you might be thinking, “Yikes! I am going to take the bar exam next February and that is now just months away. What can I be doing now to prepare?”
I missed being a solo. All of it. The elations, the fears; the excitement of resolving matters for the client; the lows when you do not prevail on a matter. I missed the variety of things you can do, from area of law to practice management, to client development. I missed being motivated to succeed so as not to lose sleep thinking about paying the bills. Mostly, I missed the freedom to practice law.
It’s the call that starts out with so and so company wants the lawyer to be their exclusive local point person and boy it seems like a great opportunity. I always ask the one question these lawyers never seem to think about and the question is this. Is there an indemnification provision in the contract?