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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

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 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

How To Create A Law Firm Brochure On A Budget

So you just got handed the task of creating a brochure for your law firm. There are a couple of questions you need to answer before getting to far down the road. How are you going to print and distribute your brochure? On your desktop printer/copier, a local commercial printer, emailed PDF file? How...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

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

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

Never Minimize the Significance of Client Driven Indemnity Provisions!

I recently took yet another call from a lawyer wanting to know my thoughts about a new business opportunity. It’s the call that starts out with so and so company wants the lawyer to be their exclusive local point person and the lawyer so wants to say yes to this wonderful new opportunity. This type...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

Going Agile: The New Trend in Marketing

Mindset, methodology, and nimbleness in driving revenue. The term agile brings to mind a triathlete; someone light on their feet, flexible, and quick. Years ago software developers began developing a methodology of programming based on this term to move processes along more quickly and effectively....read more

How to Avoid the Legal Fee Suit Counterclaim

You finish a client matter. You believe you did good work and got a good result for your client. Then, as sometimes happens, you are forced to come to grips with the reality that this client has stopped making payments and now owes you quite a bit. It should go without saying that you deserve to be...read more

I Don’t Want To Go On Twitter. It’s Stupid. It’s A Waste of Time. Or Is It?

I haven’t written on this topic for a while as I’ve been on Twitter for 8 years and I have just started to assume everyone is on it and knows how to use it effectively. But then I saw these two interesting tweets from a colleague who wrote the following: “I have cleaned out my twitter: for those who...read more

How Do I Tap My Network To Get Business

I recently received the following question and I thought you might relate to both the question and my answer: Question: “One of the things I am working on is asking "my people" for help. I realize that I have an amazing network! This "asking for help" and learning to "tap my network" is something...read more

Even Solo & Small Law Firms are Vulnerable to Cyber Crime

Databases of many law firms house the financial information, intellectual property data and trade secrets of their clients, making rich targets for cyber criminals. In recognition of October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), this post seemed timely to share. Particularly with...read more

Does Your Law Firm Have A Social Media Presence?

Over 60% of law firms maintain a social site, up from 55% in 2012. Whether for listing services, marketing, branding or all three, law firms and lawyers employing social media continues to increase as it becomes the new tool for old school. (Click image) If the clients you'd dearly love to have are...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

Want To Promote Your Practice On Facebook? Two Simple Solutions

In the last year Facebook has really done a fine job of creating several types of options to promote products and services on their platform, from getting video views, increasing engagement with an app, to sending people to your website and raising attendance for an event. Out of this suite of...read more

Windows 10 Is In: Should Your Firm Upgrade?

I am now close to one month in with the Windows 10 upgrade on my workhorse Acer laptop. Mine is a fussy old machine so I had my worries about whether the upgrade would slow it down more or help stabilize it. After a lot of reading about the pros and possible cons on the Web, I eventually backed up...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

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