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.
Hi, my name is Suzanne and I am an addict.
It started simply enough with a babysitting business in high school. Then I expanded that to a babysitting service I ran out of a bowling alley on league nights. Before you knew it, I was running a catering business out of my kitchen during college.
Sound familiar? If you are addicted to entrepreneurship – if you cannot help yourself from starting up start-ups – then you and I have a lot in common.
I’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately on why I believe new lawyers should be hanging a shingle. So, it was serendipitous that I be asked to do a guest podcast over at Gen Why Lawyer with Nicole Abboud, a solo herself. If you’re interested in my thoughts, want to start a discussion […]
These days people boast about being busy all the time as if staying busy is an indication of success. What they don’t tell you is what they are doing while they are busy. Working for the sake of appearing productive when you don’t have anything to do is just as much of a waste of time as spending all day having political debates on Google Plus or Facebook. But how do you avoid the distractions, the time sucks, the stress? 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…
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….
Ryan McKeen of the McKeen Law Firm is back with us again. This time he shares how he can take on larger matters by creating legal teams for cases on an ‘as needed’ basis.
This is a must-listen to guest lecture because there is a ‘no man’s land’ between being an office of one – you – and growing into having full time staff and permanently increased overhead. Ryan shares smart and highly effective ways to grow and be profitable during the journey through ‘no man’s land’. Listen and learn.
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 […]
When Kathleen Paukert first contacted me to discuss her book The Fulfilled Lawyer, my initial thought was this was another perspective on work/life balance. However, once we started to dig into her law firm’s business model I saw the future! I saw the future for solo practitioners who want to work within a collective of […]