Accommodate, But Don’t Negotiate Your Rates

When you’re starting out in law practice and feeling desperate for paying clients, you may be tempted to negotiate with your clients over your rates for legal services. Don’t do it! Negotiating your rates is not a good idea, but there are ways to accommodate a client and thereby create a win-win situation. Continue reading

Before You Get a Website, Get a Development Agreement

adv_121348869Do you or your clients need to hire a website developer? Don’t do it until you read this! Continue reading

Did You Know You’re in the Service Industry?

Thought law practice was all about the law? Think again. Your practice is like any other business—you need to offer excellent customer service to be a success. Here are some tips to help you master the art of customer service. Continue reading

Contracting for Contract Attorney Work: Reap Benefits and Avoid Pitfalls

desktopThe contract attorney market is hot and getting hotter. As Above the Law blog notes, “Biglaw firms have been able to keep traditional associate hiring down thanks to an explosion in the use of contract attorneys.” But before jumping into a contract on either side, understand the pros and cons and take steps to make it a successful experience. Continue reading

Attorney Swap

164916141There are many reasons why a client decides that one attorney is out and another is in. It can be personal, professional, or even irrational. Whatever the reason, if your client wants to make a swap, make sure you meet all of the requirements for an effective substitution of counsel in California. Continue reading

The MCLE Compliance Race Is On!

148743755The California State Bar’s MCLE compliance deadline is coming up—this time for last names beginning with N-Z. State Bar prosecutors have and will pursue discipline against attorneys who don’t comply, so make sure you don’t get caught short on MCLE hours. Continue reading

Mindfulness for Lawyers

153550692Stress and the practice of law often go hand in hand. We all know that stress can have very negative effects on our health and wellbeing. As a lawyer, you owe it to yourself and your clients to avoid the burnout that results from chronic stress. Mindfulness is an effective way to do just that. Continue reading

Should You Generalize or Specialize?

177130937Whether you’re straight out of law school, considering leaving a large firm, or making a life-style decision, a solo or small firm practice is an appealing prospect for many attorneys. But going solo can be daunting. One of the first decisions you have to make is what practice areas you will cover: Should you generalize or specialize? Continue reading

Don’t Inadvertently Work for Free!

178831391The following is a guest blog post by bankruptcy attorney Michael Gouveia, who spoke at the 2013 Annual State Bar Meeting on the New Attorney Guide to Competency. He invites you to visit his popular bankruptcy blog.

This sweet young couple is sitting across from you in your office. You’ve spent a half an hour counseling them on filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The wife then asks, “We need to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week, but we don’t have your full attorney fee. Can we give you a little up front and the rest of your fee after we file?” This is the time to start backing away. Continue reading

Don’t Get Paralyzed by the Fear of Mistakes

55974144The following is a guest blog post by Benjamin ScottBen is a solo estate planning attorney, a graduate of Concord Law School, a former high school physics teacher, and a father of three. 

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” -General George S. Patton.

What would have happened if General Patton sat down in the North African desert and refused to move because he was afraid of making mistakes? Although good lawyers should always try to avoid mistakes, a lawyer who is constantly paralyzed by the fear of mistakes will never become competent. Continue reading

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