This summer, we got some interesting bar exam news. Two of the most notorious bar exams in the country, New York and California, have some major changes coming around the bend. If you are set to take the bar exam after July 2016 in New York or July 2017 in California, read on.
Everyone else is smarter, farther along in their practice, a social media expert, a networking guru and the list of how great everyone else is could go on for days. Comparing yourself to your colleagues can be a losing game unless you know how to avoid the emotional quicksand.
In Part 1, I posed the question, ‘Where Will The Clients Come From?’, directed at neophyte lawyers. In this closing installment, I offer some practical suggestions that, in my opinion, help to make the move a successful venture. Caveat: This discussion does not apply to lawyers who have practiced for some time as an associate […]
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?