Keep in mind that, unlike an associate in your office, a freelance lawyer hired for a project-based engagement will not (and should not) have access to all of your case files.
Let’s review the basics. ABA Model Rule 1.2 (c) allows a lawyer to limit the scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client gives informed consent. In those jurisdictions that have adopted similar language, many have added a requirement that informed consent be confirmed in writing. Now as a risk guy, I like that writing requirement regardless. There are just too many word and word disputes in the world of malpractice and discipline.
Speaking personally, I’m one who believes that the movement toward limited scope representation has been a good thing and long overdue. Speaking professionally, however, I need to share a caution. Find out what that caution is.
Last month, we discussed how to decide what to delegate to a freelance lawyer. Once you’ve made that decision and found a freelance lawyer to work with, it’s time to actually delegate the work.
Communication is the key to a successful engagement, and to building a productive ongoing working relationship with a freelance lawyer. What else will make your relationship profitable?
It’s better to give before you receive. And never keep score. If your interactions are ruled by generosity, your rewards will follow suit. So, how does this work in building your solo/small firm practice?
So you’ve created your Rainmaking Plan; you have developed a picture of your ideal client or niche and you have a list of goals you want to achieve with deadlines. Now, how are you going to go about achieving it? So here is a very short list of business development and marketing ideas that cost little to nothing (but time) to use.
You’re up to your eyeballs in work, spending late nights and weekends at the office. You know that working with a freelance lawyer can help you avoid burning out and increase your firm’s profitability, but you don’t know how to get started.
As the King of Hearts said in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “Begin at the beginning.” For our purposes, the beginning is deciding what to delegate.
You need to find ways to be more efficient and cost effective to attract and keep clients. Capitalizing on technology can not only make lawyers more efficient; it can also reduce the drudgery in legal work. But how do you overcome your own internal dialogue screaming, ‘I hate technology!’
Assumptions. We all make them on a daily basis. In fact, as I see it, doing so allows most days to progress with some level of predictability. For example, I often assume all my tech will function problem free, the power will stay on, and that if I need anything from anyone at the office, they’ll be available. There’s nothing wrong with my making such assumptions unless, of course, it turns out one of them is wrong and I’m not prepared to deal with the consequences. Keeping this in mind, let’s now narrow the focus and address some of the ethical missteps that can lead to trouble for the buyer of a law practice when it’s the buyer whose running with assumptions.
Many lawyers feel trapped after taking a hiatus. You don’t have to be. In Debra Hamilton’s continuing new series of introducing lawyers who have emerged successfully on the other side of a hiatus, today you will meet Linda Mercurio who has turned entrepreneur and helping other lawyers succeed.
We all know that the use of technology has transformed the delivery of legal services. Many case management systems are cloud based systems that change the way data is stored. But how does the use of cloud based systems affect a lawyer’s ethical obligations? Consider the following scenario. The answer and explanation can be found […]