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 […]
As promised, here is the second part of this important and fascinating guest lecture with Deborah Gonzalez discussing online security basics for attorneys. If you’ve not listened to Part 1 yet, you can do so here. The audio is about 48 minutes. Listen directly below Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. is an attorney and the founder of […]
This post follows up 80% of Americans Can’t Afford Your Legal Fees. And to underscore the gravity of the first post, this recent article came home to drop the boom on the global economy overall. Yes, while the rest of the 99% of the world saw just a mere five percent of the post-recession income […]
When I first started consulting many years ago, one of my first clients was a lawyer debating going solo after realizing he could earn far more on his own than trying to become a partner in the firm where he worked. In order to get a raise he would have had to triple his earnings […]
Oftentimes, when we discuss social media it is in the context of how every lawyer should be using it for marketing. Not this time. Today we have Omar Ha-Redeye (who also teaches a course at Solo Practice University) discussing social media in the context of the legal process. Let’s face it, if you don’t know […]
It seems Lee Rosen hasn’t lost his touch as his provocative post The 5 Dumbest Things New Solos Do generated a lot of blowback when I posted it to a LinkedIn Group I frequent. (Feel free to join Solo Practitioners Forum). The biggest issue was whether or not to get malpractice insurance immediately upon getting […]