Posted on February 5, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Every business should have a plan—from tech start-ups to law firms. The process of creating a document that details the thoughts and ideas of the owners or founders of the business allows for a realistic appraisal of the business’ chance of success before committing time and money to it. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics, Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice | Tagged: business financing, business plan, starting a business, starting a law firm | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 30, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Businesses often have basic requirements before they offer their services–think, “No shoes, no service.” Attorneys should be no different. Continue reading
Filed under: New Lawyers, Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney fee agreement, attorney-client relationship, new client, proscpective client, retainer fee, sample provisions | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 13, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Following 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
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics, Practice of Law | Tagged: Chief Privacy Officer, data security, encryption, information security, law firm data security, security plan | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 28, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Did 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
Filed under: Legal Ethics, Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney advertising, attorney ethics, California Rules of Professional Conduct, Internet advertising, record-keeping requirement | 2 Comments »
Posted on October 19, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
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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Posted on October 14, 2015 by Khanh Tran
When 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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Posted on October 5, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
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
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Ethics, Legal Topics, Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney ethics, contract, contract drafting, contract provision, unconscionability, unfair contract | 1 Comment »