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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

ALPS and SpeakWrite partner to serve policyholders

SpeakWrite offers cloud-based transcription service to ALPS customers. ALPS, the nation's largest direct writer of lawyers' malpractice insurance, and SpeakWrite, a cloud-based transcription service, have partnered to extend SpeakWrite’s service to ALPS policyholders. With typists based across the...read more

How in the world can you not know who your client is?

From time to time I get involved in conversations with lawyers who have called in with a question or concern and as we talk through the situation it becomes clear that part of the problem is the lawyer doesn’t seem to know who his client is. These are the times I find myself thinking “How in the...read more

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

Free Ezine: The New Associate’s Guide to Business Development

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 arrived — in the form of a new 30-page downloadable ezine from Attorney at Work....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

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

5 Easy Marketing Tips for Solo & Small Law Firms

As a solo or small firm practitioner, you have to be so much more than an attorney. In addition to being a bookkeeper, office manager, and human resources department you also have to be a business development representative and the entire marketing department. This blog post is to help you take a...read more

One Reason Why You Never Want to Get Lazy With Your Time Keeping

This post is directed toward those of you who fail to accurately record your time on a consistent basis throughout the day, day after day. I know it can be a hassle but there are really good reasons why this should be a priority. Now I could start lecturing and talk about the studies that confirm...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

With Staff, Trust But Verify because it’s Not Your Money!

I continue to be surprised at the number of times during a firm visit, be it with a solo attorney or in a small firm setting, I learn that complete oversight of client property has been turned over to an employee. More often than not, this individual has been employed at the firm for years and is...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

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

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

There is No Such Thing as a "Simple" Personal Injury Matter!

I’m always cautioning attorneys about the hazards of dabbling, reminding them that there really is no such thing as a “simple” will or contract. This advice is never shared with the intention of suggesting that they should avoid taking on a new matter that leads them into unfamiliar legal territory....read more

ALPS 2015 Top Mobile Apps for Lawyers

It’s been a while since I’ve surveyed the landscape of mobile apps for lawyers, but here we go again. Some apps from my previous post are included, but they have undoubtedly been updated for both functionality and security on the go. This is not an exhaustive list nor am I ranking them. These are...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