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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

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

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

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

The ALPS Guide to Getting Started Solo-Newly Updated

Are you thinking of opening your own solo law firm? Then we’ve got good news! ALPS Risk Manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq., has recently updated the hugely popular ALPS Guide to Getting Started Solo. In this free 68-page manual you will find a list of issues you want to give thought to as well as...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

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

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

Never Let Them See You Sweat

Who remembers the advertisement for deodorant with the memorable line, "Never let them see you sweat." (I know, I'm dating myself but when a line is memorable, it's memorable.) I was reminded of this recently when I had a small construction job priced out by a builder. I know times are difficult for...read more

Partners are for Dancing

A student at Solo Practice University has been sharing stories with me of her partnership experiences and why she knows she will be leaving her firm (even in this economy) and is working towards this goal very soon. Her story is probably more common than most realize. She is an equity partner in a...read more

Kung Fu & Mentorship — Huh?

This post by Bob Morris, Esq. originally appeared on the State Bar of South Dakota Project Rural Practice blog on January 27, 2014. Bob was president of the State Bar of South Dakota from 2009-2010. When you see the words “Kung Fu” – what first comes to your mind? Of course, what first comes to mind...read more

"Getting Started Solo" manual has been updated

The popular ALPS manual "Getting Started Solo" has recently been revised and expanded with new sample documents, business best practices, and additional resources. Check out the excerpt below and follow the link to download the entire PDF (61-pages). --- Exciting, scary, busy, crazy, and...read more

Project Rural Practice: New Frontiers

Guest post by Patrick G. Goetzinger, Former South Dakota State Bar President, 2011-2012, Co-chair of the Project Rural Practice Task Force Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting with my old friend and mentor, Fred Cozad, at his Main Street office in Martin, SD, where Fred has dispensed prairie...read more

Trustworthiness and the Practice of Law

"Youth Basketball Tourney Halted After Adults Fight," read the headline. I don't know why I was surprised. Maybe I am dismayed because these were "adult" leaders, serving as role models for youths at the tourney. After all, just the previous weekend, I watched sport games on television with coaches...read more

Private Practice and the Many, Varied Opportunities that Await

Previously on Ruth (our hypothetical client): She remembered that she used to dance, sing, play basketball, and write poetry, and now she has neither the time nor, worse, the inclination. A huge wave of sadness and determination passed through her, and she thought “I ... am ... a ...mockingbird ......read more

The Way of the Happy Lawyer

The voice over the phone was breathless with excitement. “I'm so happy,” she said, “I can't believe I'm a lawyer!” She was calling to say she had just made the transition from a large firm to a small firm that represented primarily women and children in family law matters. She reported a deep...read more

A Lawyer at a Career Crossroads: The Story of Ruth

Let’s begin this post with a quote on the notion of work from author Matthew Fox (no relation to me). “The problem is that our civilization has settled for such a narrow and restrictive definition of work that we are trying to pour human energy into a skinny little funnel that in turn pours into a...read more