Posted on February 28, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Posted on February 21, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
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
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Posted on January 31, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The 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
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Posted on January 22, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
There 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
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Posted on January 8, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The 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
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Posted on December 23, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Stress 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
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Posted on December 13, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Whether 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
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Posted on November 22, 2013 by cebca
The 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
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Posted on November 1, 2013 by cebca
The following is a guest blog post by Benjamin Scott. Ben 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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Posted on September 20, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
A prospective client is coming to you for an initial interview. Your mission is to get some basic information, so that you can figure out what legal issues are involved. Continue reading
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