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

Avoid Using Trial Objections When Defending a Deposition

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The following is a guest blog post by Micha Star Liberty. Micha represents plaintiffs in cases involving unlawful employment practices, personal injury and mass tort, defective products, civil rights, discrimination, antitrust violations, and consumer protection. She has offices in San Francisco and Oakland.

If you’re defending your client’s deposition and you have a problem with some of the questions the other attorney is asking, you’ll likely be tempted to object, as you do in court. But remember that there are different rules for objections in court versus in a deposition. Continue reading

10 Questions for a Client Accused of Shoplifting

139701624When representing a client for shoplifting, don’t take the case lightly; it may seem minor, but it can have major implications. It’s important to get all the facts out during your client interview. Here’s a list of 10 questions to make sure you cover all the bases. Continue reading

Don’t Get Paralyzed by the Fear of Mistakes

55974144The 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. 

“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

To Correct or Not to Correct a Depo Transcript

eraser and word mistakesUnless you agree otherwise, the deponent can change the form or substance of any answer in the deposition transcript. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Continue reading

Go Formal When Drafting Your Judgment

136727429When you win a judgment in your client’s favor, it’s not the time to go casual; instead, draft your judgment with the formalities that will make it valid and enforceable. Continue reading

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