Lawyers in the U.S. have fallen in love with “Esquire” It is found appended everywhere–on stationery mastheads and signatures, on business cards, professional listings, etc. You name it–it’s there! All well and good! Right? Not so fast! Read more….
You’ve gone out on your own, built a healthy client base, and your practice is thriving. The work is steady, your revenue is increasing, but all of a sudden you’re panicked about something you didn’t think you would worry about: How to handle all of the work. You never want to turn work away because maybe the work will all of a sudden stop coming, right? What to do…. Read More.
Many lawyers remain techno-dinosaurs because they don’t want to invest the time to learn how to use new and more efficient technology. They shortsightedly view an investment in training through the lens of billable hours. They focus on a temporary loss of revenues instead of the future improvements in productivity. Meanwhile they drop farther and farther behind, which only increases their anxiety with regard to technology. Read more…
Have you ever met people whose lives seem to be awesome? They have the awesome jobs, money and lives we wish we had. If it weren’t for the kids, the move, the downturn in the market or a myriad of other reasons we would be where they are now? Read more.
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….
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….
There is one month left until the next bar exam and folks around the country are starting to ask themselves if their preparation plan is working. One common activity that people spend a ton of time doing around this time is listening to video lectures. Why? Well, videos are typically a huge component of large […]
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 […]
This is the third piece in the Social Media For Lawyers series. For reference, here are the articles on Facebook and LinkedIn. “How could something that limits you to 140 characters be valuable to my career?” “I use Linkedin already so what more could Twitter provide me with?” These are no doubt the questions that […]
In the spring of 2012, Raleigh attorney Alan Barnes* was at the top of his game. He was 58 and had spent years building a thriving solo practice. His work included trusts and estates, general business, and real estate matters. In a moment, everything stopped when Alan suffered a massive stroke. For several days, he […]