Should Your Firm Have a Chief Privacy Officer?

ThinkstockPhotos-480885099Following the trend in big business, a Pennsylvania law firm has just appointed its first Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). Should your firm consider having such a position? Continue reading

Got a Website? Tweet? Save Copies of Everything!

135874637Did you know that, if you advertise your legal services on the Internet—and that includes having a firm website or using social media—you have to keep a copy of all the webpages for two years? Continue reading

Better Send a Letter Before the First Consultation

A prospective client makes an appointment with you to discuss his or her case. Immediately send a letter setting out some information and a few key points.

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Got a Fee Dispute? Know Your Client’s Rights Under the MFAA

business people fighting over some us moneyWhen it comes to fee disputes, the best line of defense is always prevention. So it’s key to reach a clear understanding about fees with each prospective client before entering a representation agreement. But what should you do if a client refuses to pay what’s rightfully owed, even after efforts to resolve the matter amicably?

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3 (Selfish) Reasons to Draft Fair Contracts

An attorney drafting an agreement has an obligation to represent the client zealously and to prepare a contract that maximizes the client’s legal and business advantages. But does this mean that an attorney may include provisions that are extremely onerous to the other side? Continue reading

Don’t Let Clients Push You Too Far

Yes, you have a duty to represent your client zealously. But don’t let your zeal for your client’s case trump your duty to prosecute only meritorious cases. It won’t fly to say, “My client made me do it.” Your duty to the judicial process transcends any client’s agenda. Check out a recent smackdown from a California appellate court. Continue reading

When Someone Else Is Paying Your Fees

money_89682134When, in a noncontingent matter, a third party is paying all or some of the attorney fees for your client, do you know how to deal with the issues that can arise? Short answer: Address them upfront in your fee agreement. Here are sample provisions to get you started. Continue reading

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