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

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

You’re a Lawyer, Not a _______! 5 reasons Not to Work Another Job While Starting Your Law Practice

162308562The 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. 

There are advantages of working another job while starting a solo law practice, but after a year of trying this experiment, I see the mistakes of trying to work two jobs. Continue reading

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: 5 Reasons to Keep Another Job While Starting Your Law Practice

147277838The 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.

When starting a law practice there are no guarantees of success, and going solo is a huge risk. Keeping another job while starting a part-time practice can allow you to lay the foundation for a thriving law practice while maintaining the security of a steady paycheck and benefits. Continue reading

Blog, But Blog Ethically

The following is a guest blog post by April E. Frisby of Frisby Law. April is a corporate and securities transactional lawyer and an adjunct law professor at Whittier Law School.

104229040Lawyers are often gun-shy when it comes to blogging, in part because of the ethical limits on advertising and solicitation by lawyers. But if you keep ethical considerations in mind, blogging can be a fun, cost-effective way to promote your practice. Continue reading

Advertising Yourself Ethically

adv_121348869Are you advertising your law practice online? That can be a great way to reach new clients, but it can also be a way to run afoul of state and federal ethics rules. Continue reading

Should You Go Solo?

Before taking the plunge and opening your own law practice, there are some initial considerations you should ponder. Your success may depend on your personality, resources, and ability to get up to speed fast.   Continue reading

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