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Don’t Minimize the Importance of Managing Your Side of the Attorney-Client Relationship

Over the years, numerous articles have been written on how to successfully manage attorney-client relationships. Typically, these articles emphasize effective and thorough communication skills, maintaining a professional presentation at all times and in all work spaces, learning all you can about...read more

How to Manage the Risks Associated with Substantive Errors

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability has been providing a statistical analysis of claims data collected from various lawyer-owned and commercial insurance companies for years. One number that I consistently pay attention to has been the number of claims...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

December 2015 ALPS 411 Blog Digest

Are You Happy? By Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq. I am so curious about how others might respond to title of this post. I suspect more than a few would simply dismiss the topic viewing it as irrelevant. In fact, there was a time in my own life where I would have felt the same; but times have changed....read more

Are You Happy?

I am so curious about how others might respond to title of this post. I suspect more than a few would simply dismiss the topic viewing it as irrelevant. In fact, there was a time in my own life where I would have felt the same; but times have changed. Life has a way of doing that if you really start...read more

Letting Go Is Hard to Do

One of the hardest things for a solo construction attorney like me (or any other lawyer) is how to "let go" and leave the office at the office (or the [wherever you may work]). As conscientious professionals we spend our days obsessing about other peoples problems, advising clients as to the best...read more

Why You Should Never Say Never to Malpractice Insurance -The True Cost of “Going Bare”

I will admit I honestly don’t understand why a lawyer would ever decide to not buy a malpractice policy; but many lawyers do just that and the reasons I hear are many. Some try to justify their decision by declaring that malpractice premiums are beyond affordable. They’ll tell me “just look at what...read more

Why You Don’t Want to Take Business Planning Completely Off the Table

Businesses of all shapes and sizes often spend time at the end of each fiscal year developing, reviewing and/or updating their mission statement, strategic plan, and operational plan. While a few solo and small law firms do something similar each year, many attorneys continue to insist on viewing...read more

Who’s Steering the Ship? Managing the Business Side of Your Firm

I have always felt that my law school education missed one key component because a comprehensive course on how to manage the business side of a law practice was never offered. Trust me, I had my fair share of missteps early on in my career and a course like that would have helped. Yes, I do know...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

Malpractice Missteps and the Importance of Keeping Your Emotions in Check

When first learning that a legal malpractice claim is on the horizon, a common response is often an emotional one. “How dare my client do this! How dare someone question my abilities!” The situation is viewed as a personal affront. Others respond with dismay, “I can’t believe this is happening....read more

How To Deal With Unhappy Clients

It’s one of the least enjoyable experiences in every lawyer’s career: a client has communicated dissatisfaction with the legal services being provided. Whether the complaint relates to work product quality, responsiveness or cost efficiency, the message is the same: “I expected more from you as my...read more

New Free E-Zine - New Math, New Money

ALPS partner Attorney at Work has just published a lawyer's guide to the changing business of law. There’s been a lot of talk about big changes in the legal profession. But when the shift starts making popular media headlines and legal academia begins to fuss, you know the change has arrived. At...read more

How Distractions Will Help You Perform Better

Distractions...the productivity killers! When you set your goal to make your best even better, one of the main questions you will face is: How do I improve my productivity? It All Starts With Your Focus Have you noticed that many times when you are focusing on your work, and you are approaching that...read more

Life is Too Short!

This is the time of year when many pause to reflect upon the accomplishments of the past year and the hopes and desires for the coming year. As part of this process I would invite you to ask additional questions. Questions like these. Are you generally happy as an attorney? Do your professional...read more

Passive Management in Small Firms: Is Anyone Actually Steering the Ship?

I have worked with over one thousand law firms over the years and it certainly seems to me that a number of smaller law firms around the country are being passively managed. Is this a problem? Well yes, it very well could be. Now I define passive management as reactive decision making or making...read more

Let Me Tell You How I Conquered the "To Do" list

Are your to-do lists filled with nouns or verbs? Are you a “verb” person or a “noun” person? Does it matter? Knowing how you relate to the world around you does matter. In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t critical whether you coordinate your engagement with the world around you using just verbs...read more

7 Ways To Reduce Stress For Professionals

My whole business is going through a MASSIVE reengineering and re-branding. Understandably, I'm in this constant state of getting things done but in a calm collected manner. My work space has different colored post-it notes, pen markers, and visuals to create the big picture and then to chunk it all...read more