The $75 Disaster

Mistakes piled up one after another as soon as Donna Shelton walked through the door.  In 2011, Shelton had signed a promissory note for a $40,000 loan.  She stopped making payments after one year and was promptly sued by the lender.  She came to attorney Marshall Austin’s office in 2012 with a copy of the […]

Smart Phones, Smarter Lawyers

It used to be that smartphones were novelties among lawyers. Not so much anymore. You likely can find a whole lot more smartphones than Mont Blanc pens in legal pockets these days. But can it be said with confidence that lawyers really understand their options and risks when it comes to the handy devices? This […]

Could the Best Client be Your Worst Nightmare?

It’s easy to find advice about spotting and avoiding bad clients – the ones who know everything, have wildly unreasonable expectations, and have fired three other lawyers before arriving in your office.  Should you also beware of very good clients?  Is it possible for a client to be “too good”?  Yes and yes. North Carolina […]

Are You Getting Good Cases for YOU?

I would not say that getting business is easy. It takes some work. It takes some thought and effort. Anyone could take my list of 27 things to do, add a few that are particular to you or your locality, and be buried in work. I’ve had lawyer/skeptics dispute this, telling me they just wish […]