Business Plan Basics

ThinkstockPhotos-493829717Every 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

No Fee Agreement, No Service

ThinkstockPhotos-481542709Businesses often have basic requirements before they offer their services–think, “No shoes, no service.” Attorneys should be no different. Continue reading

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

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