The Big Switch: Answers to Questions about Changing Practice Areas

164916141The following is a guest blog post by Laura Boysen-Aragon, a former practicing attorney and now a legal recruiter at Solutus Legal Search, LLC. This blog entry is the second of a two-part series, in response to questions submitted by our readers after our first installment.

So you’ve decided it’s time to make a change in your practice area, but change can be hard and you still have a lot of work to do. You’re not alone! Here are responses to questions we got from your colleagues in the same boat. Continue reading

What’s Confidential Among Co-Clients?

158997762Whenever you represent multiple clients on the same subject matter, there are confidentiality issues that can come up—and trip you up. Continue reading

How to Delegate Better

ThinkstockPhotos-499742164Have you ever delegated work to a contract or associate attorney and been disappointed with the result? It may be that you need to improve your delegating skills. Here are some tips to help you get the results you want. Continue reading

Got Questions About Switching Practice Areas? Ask Away!

185496686The following is a guest blog post by Laura Boysen-Aragon, a former practicing attorney and now a legal recruiter at Solutus Legal Search, LLC. This blog entry is the first of a two-part series. Please submit your questions as a comment below or by email to blogQ&A@ceb.ucla.edu and Ms. Boysen-Aragon will respond in her next installment.

Whether you’ve been practicing law for 2 or 20 years, you may reach a point when you want to make a major change in your practice area. Maybe you’ve realized the type of client or the type of work isn’t the right fit, or perhaps the market has changed and you want to try something new. Whatever the reason, if you’re unhappy in your current practice, you can make a change. Continue reading

Covering Costs in Contingent Fee Agreements

When you’re working for a contingent fee, i.e., you’ll be paid a percentage of the recovery, don’t forget to discuss the payment of costs in your fee agreement with your client. Here’s what you’ll need to include to be sure you cover costs. Continue reading

Going Solo? Don’t Forget Insurance!

ThinkstockPhotos-460141487One of the first and most important purchases for an attorney opening a new practice is insurance coverage. Here’s a look at what you’ll need. Continue reading

What to Tell Your Client When the Court Date’s Set

ThinkstockPhotos-488246600When a date is set for trial or a hearing at which your client needs to appear, don’t just pick up the phone—write your client a letter. This letter has two purposes: it informs your client of the date and it requests that he or she set up an appointment with you to prepare for giving testimony. Here are some suggestions for what to say in your letter. Continue reading

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