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ALPS 411-May 2016 Blog Digest

  Free Ezine: The New Associate’s Guide to Business Development By Kiffin Hope Big firm or small, there’s a single question the partners in any law firm ask about a young associate: “Is she a keeper?” And, while legal skills count, it’s clear they’re thinking: “Can she bring in clients?” Help has...read more

How To Prepare For A Meaningful Law Career

Guest post by Ron Fox, Esq. of Career Planning for Lawyers. I continue to be quite concerned about how we got to this point (my 50th year in the legal profession and my 30th year providing career advice to lawyers and law students) where an extraordinary high percentage of lawyers are dissatisfied;...read more

Two Essential Skills to Achieve Greater Work-Life Balance

Your automatic creative mechanism is teleological… it operates in terms of goals and end results. ~ Maxwell Maltz How committed are you to achieving any of the goals you have set? There is a difference between being interested in achieving something, and stopping at nothing to do everything in your...read more

Learn How To Be A Lawyer Under Fire

If you commit to a 40-hour work week in the beginning of your solo practice career, unless you have hip pocket business, you will see most of your weeks will be marketing and legal education and very little billing. In time the ratio will change from 80/20 to 20/80 only because you must always have...read more

Fly Fishing and Prospecting for Clients–3 Common Fundamentals

I started fly fishing fifteen years ago when I moved to Montana after a rewarding career in marketing and sales. Soon upon my arrival in Big Sky Country, I purchased the traditional cheap fly rod and reel combo, a box of flies, a fishing license, then hit the river. How hard could it be? After...read more

February 2016 Blog Digest

Law Firm Cyber Insecurity–Fix It! By Kiffin Hope From the White House to Congress and from Wall Street to the mom and pop storefront on Main Street, the issue of cybersecurity is one that is here and here to stay. Hacking computers is no longer a “cottage industry” or something done by lone...read more

Going Solo Does Not Automatically Make You An Entrepreneur

There is a confusing blog post written recently which highlights a big problem within the legal field — confusing self-employment with entrepreneurship. Now, I often write about both solo practice and entrepreneurship on my blog. But, I never confuse the two. Going solo does not make you an...read more

Three Unsuspected Influences That Affect Your Productivity

There are three “Productivity influences” that will affect your workflow - in a positive or negative way. What you work on, how efficient you are, and what gets done tomorrow depends on how aware you are of each of these influences. Here is what you need to know so that you can get more done, very...read more

Meetups - the Solo's Secret Weapon

If you haven't heard of Meetups you are missing out on a valuable opportunity to not just grow your practice, but enhance your life on many levels. Let's face it. No one really likes networking events. And more often than not, you are dressed uncomfortably, taking valuable time away from your family...read more

Getting Started Solo - A 2-part webinar series

In this two-part, 3-hour program, the presenters will identify and discuss the principal issues that an attorney should address in going through the process of establishing a solo practice. A sampling of the takeaways attendees can expect to receive include a basic understanding of malpractice...read more

ALPS 411 Blog Digest - February 2015 Edition

Why the Use of an Engagement Letter Should Never be Optional By Mark Bassingthwaighte Engagement letters seem to be one of those documents that most attorneys intellectually appreciate the value of but often underutilize. This letter simply isn’t in consistent use day to day and the excuses run the...read more

ALPS Attorney Match receives American Bar Association award for creative delivery of legal services

2015 Louis M. Brown Meritorious Recognition Award given to ALPS’ new online networking resource for the legal community February 18, 2015 – The American Bar Association (ABA) has honored ALPS, the nation’s largest direct writer of lawyers’ malpractice insurance, with Meritorious Recognition for the...read more

What You Will Never Know Unless You Ask

I have previously written about the value of peer review as a quality control process within the law firm setting. In this post I would like to go in a slightly different direction because seasoned partners, if they are open to running with peer review at all, tend to want to view the peer review...read more

6 Steps to Propel You Forward in 2015

“Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present.” ~ Thomas S. Monson Unless you are prescient, not every single thing you did when you opened your solo/small firm practice was 100% spot on. You may have had great mentors and more experienced attorneys guiding you to flatten out...read more

I Believe First Impressions Matter. Do You?

Like you, I’ve been a consumer for years and the older I get the more I’ve come to recognize the impact of first impressions. They really do matter. I can only speak for me, but these days if I am forced to interact with a pushy sales person when first entering a store, I often leave and rarely...read more

To Hire or Not to Hire (that is often the question)

I am a solo construction attorney. I help clients with a wide range of legal issues from general risk management to some fairly substantial litigation. I am also the only staff of my law firm.  Over the course of the 4 and a half years of my solo practice, I, like many solo practitioners (and other...read more

Why Don't More New Lawyers Go Solo?

This is the age old question and my friend, Chuck Newton, addresses it in a post, "Why Do Not More Young Lawyers Start Their Own Law Practices." Yes, coming from me this may sound like a promotion for Solo Practice University. But it's not. Chuck has no skin in the game. He has no product or service...read more

Create Your Network Before You Need Them

This is a paraphrased title from a great blog post by Jeremiah Owyang called "Build Your Network Before You Need Them" and he says it best here: Those who ignore the party/conversation/network when they are content and decide to drop in when they need the network may not succeed. It’s pretty easy to...read more

As Legal Outsourcing Proliferates, Ethics Become More Important

The practice of law has experienced major changes over the last generation. A new associate once could anticipate spending his or her entire career with the same firm, making partner after a few years of dogged practice and then easing back to enjoy the benefits of having won the brass ring....read more

6 Ways To Overcome Fear of Failure

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone ~ Neale Donald Walsh We’ve all been there. We are so morbidly afraid to fail. So afraid, in fact, we find ourselves paralyzed and simply can’t take the next step forward. Not one. And when it comes to starting a solo practice or taking on a legal matter...read more