One of the first things people do when starting a practice is rent office space. At least it seems like something that you should be doing. Originally it was all about the image you present and impressing clients with the fancy location with nice furniture. These days more and more firms are doing away with the full-time office location.
You may be a “Solo by Choice” as Carolyn Elefant describes it in her excellent “why and how to” book on going solo, or you may be a solo by default in this rocky modern legal landscape. Either way, aim to practice “Burger King Law.” I’m referring to Burger King’s 40 year old tag line, “Have it your way.”
It’s Spring, traditionally time for a little Spring Cleaning. Toss out the old, start fresh. For the solo attorney, that often means purging ourselves of bad habits and setting some new goals.
This Spring, I recommend that you stop being toxic to your business. Yeah – you heard me. YOU are toxic to your business. And you need to stop it!
As a risk manager, this question is the one question I’m asked more than any other and I get it. Truth be told, however, the answer to this question isn’t a simple one; but it is manageable and it begins with determining when any given file can be destroyed.
Jeff Haden, a ghostwriter, speaker and ponderer of really interesting questions, wrote his column this month about 5 Statements Successful People Refused to Except (or Even Think). It was an interesting article which first discussed what not to think then suggested how to think differently. It spoke to the reader’s traditionally negative state of mind, […]
One of the best things about being a solo/small firm lawyer that solo/small firm lawyers always cite is the flexibility. Flexible work schedule, flexible billing options, flexible practice areas. We are practically yogis.
What we never say is that all that flexibility does not mean a reduced workload, easier billing or lowered obligations to learn all those new practice areas. There is a price, and we usually pay it in longer hours working for ourselves than we ever put in working for Big Law.
The number of professional liability claims that arise as a result of a substantive legal error has varied a bit, but it generally seems to hover around 46%. In short, this means that roughly 46% of reported claims in any given year are a result of an attorney failing to know the law, failing to properly apply the law, or failing to know or ascertain a deadline…..
Attorney Craig Tucker* knew immediately that he was going to have problems with his new client. The client slipped on a few fallen grapes in the produce section of a large grocery store. She was in her late 30s and suffered only minor injuries. Her treatment was limited to chiropractic care. Tucker knew after the initial meeting that her case would be worth a few thousand dollars. Unfortunately, the client had very different ideas.
If you are waiting for bar results, job-hunting, or unhappy with your current employment, you should have a side hustle. What is a side hustle? A side hustle is a job or a hobby (which might some day become a job) that you do now in your spare time. A side hustle can serve a […]